• September is Still Growing Season for Southern Calif. Gardens
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at

  • Typically warm Septembers in Southern California mean there is still plenty of growing left to be done in Southern California gardens.

    Plant More Flowers: Plant flowers for fall and winter blooms. Plants that do particularly well in Southern California's warm fall weather include chrysanthemums, sweet peas, snapdragons and asters. If planting from seed, keep seedbeds moist and shaded from hot afternoon sun until seedlings develop two to four leaves.

    Prune hedges and shrubs: After a summer of growth, hedges and shrubs are starting to look scraggly. Prune wayward stems to improve looks and prompt new growth before winter.

    Continue Your Vegetable Garden: Some vegetables enjoy fall and winter weather. Plant these vegetables now for a late winter or early spring harvest: peas, fava beans, kale, leeks beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, radish, carrots, celery and winter zucchini.

    Plant Rabbit-Proof Flowers: Rabbits and other small animals can quickly make a feast out of your flowerbed. If rabbits are a problem in your area, try planting flowers that rabbits usually avoid (although rabbits can eat just about anything): daffodils, hellebore, iris, lamb's ear and yarrow.

    Lawn Care: Lawns are still growing in September and October, especially cool season grass such as fescues. Mow weekly. Also, consider aerification (coring) with an aerator. Aerators can be rented at equipment rental shops. Coring allows for better water and nutrition penetration.

    Time to Plant Garlic:  For garlic lovers, there is nothing better than the homegrown variety. Now is the time to plant garlic. Break bulbs into individual cloves. Keep the skin attached. Plant the cloves with their pointy end up in about two inches of soil. Space them four to six inches apart. Make sure they get plenty of sun. The cloves will grow into mature bulbs early next summer.

    Don't Forget to Mulch: As with summer gardens, fall gardens need mulch. Put a two-inch layer of organic mulch around your freshly planted garden; add to existing flowerbeds and around trees and shrubs. Mulch will keep weeds in check while holding in moisture and warmth.

    Strengthen Pumpkins and Melons: Pinch off new blossoms on vines that already contain melons, pumpkins or squash. This will help existing fruit to grow strong and mature on time.

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  • Monarch Magic in Huntington Beach
    Monday, August 22, 2011 at

  • The 3rd annual "Monarch Magic" butterfly celebration at the Norma Gibbs Monarch Butterfly Park in Huntington Beach drew hundreds of visitors. Attendees of the August 7 celebration took in a butterfly puppet show, face painting and a children's Butterfly Parade. Agromin donated 200 bags of organic potting soil that were given away along with tree seedlings donated by the Huntington Beach Tree Society.

    The park had been a winter stopping point for the Monarchs during their annual migration but it became overgrown and had fallen into disrepair. Leslie Gilson, with the support of the Huntington Beach Tree Society, the City of Huntington Beach and hundreds of volunteers, restored the park four years ago.
    Volunteers removed over 179 dead and dying trees and re-forested with over 800 nectar and milkweed plants (the only food source for the monarch). 

    This is the second year Agromin has donated organic soil to Monarch Magic. 

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  • Four Tons of Agromin Organic Soil Creates Wonderful Garden at Girls Hope Home
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at
  • Agromin recently donated four tons of organic soil to the Girls Hope home in Fullerton, Calif. The residents of the Girls Hope home have planted vegetables, herbs, citrus and other fruit in the soil and are expecting a bountiful harvest.
    Community volunteers are giving their time and energy to create a backyard area for the girls’ home that includes a gazebo, garden areas and planters using Agromin soil, a large grass plot and a reading garden. Agromin will be providing organic soil for the new grassy areas as well.

    Boys Hope Girls Hope was founded in 1977 by Father Paul Sheridan. There are 15 homes around the country. They offer stable family lifestyles to children who are high performing but are at risk due to unstable or broken homes or obstacles such as unsafe neighborhoods. Children live in warm and friendly homes staffed by committed house parents who provide crucial parenting. The children perform household chores together, attend school and participate in community service projects. In addition, tutors also live in the homes during the school year. The homes set high standards and expectations for the children but also provide all the tools and resources necessary to allow each child to reach their highest potential.

    A garden is a wonderful teaching tool and an opportunity for kids to learn about responsibility and the rewards that come with hard work. Agromin is proud to help the Southern California Boys Hope Girls Hope.

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