• Lee Elementary School in Los Alamitos is in Full Gardening Mode!
    Thursday, February 23, 2012 at

  • The second grade classes at Lee Elementary School in Los Alamitos are planting and maintaining five garden areas at the school.  Renee Keeler, the students' teacher who happens to be an avid gardener, uses the gardens to teach science lessons and conduct experiments.  Agromin, producer of premium organic soils and mulches, donated the soil and mulch used in each of the garden beds.

    With such a mild winter and great soil, radishes from the gardens are ready for harvest. The progress of other vegetables is just as impressive. The students' purple cauliflower plants are sprouting tiny heads and so are the broccoli.  Their snap peas already have blossoms. Planted California poppies are in bloom and their sweet peas are showing flowers. Next up: the students are planting tomato plants that they hope will produce by school's end.

    The students are responsible for watering, weeding and harvesting all the things they plant, as well as charting growth, documenting water usage and other details under their science curriculum.  They love working in the gardens and when the harvests are done, they put salads together to eat what they have grown.

    The children also had the opportunity to "raise" two monarch caterpillars and watched as they developed, formed their chrysalis and then emerged as butterflies.  They were released last week, but have been seen close to home, fluttering around.

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  • Santa Barbara City College's New Organic Vegetable Garden Gets Boost From Agromin
    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at
  • Santa Barbara City College's organic vegetable garden is ready for spring thanks, in part, to Agromin. Agromin donated eight tons of its OMRI-listed "Compost 100" to the garden.  

    Agromin's Compost 100 arrives.

    The college's horticulture department will use the garden to teach horticulture students about home gardens and home food production and teach culinary students about building farm-to-restaurant relationships. The produce will be donated to local food banks.

    Compost mixed with screened ground soil.
    Prior to the garden, the area was used for storage of landscaping debris and overrun with weeds. It was cleared by students and eight, 8'x4'  raised redwood beds were constructed. An additional four will be built soon.

    Vegetable seedlings are already sprouting in the college greenhouse including leeks, collards, beets, arugula, Swiss chard and broccoli and will be transplanted into the garden shortly. Flowers will also be part of the mix to attract beneficial insects.

    Seedlings growing to transplant into beds.
    Agromin's Compost 100 mixes perfectly with the school's all-organic garden theme. Since it is OMRI listed, it can be used in certified organic production as well as food processing and handling according to USDA Program rules. The soil amendment works great for gardens around the house since it contains no chemicals and is made from only clean and renewable plant materials.

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