• Gardens In Full Bloom in June
    Thursday, May 29, 2014 at

  • June's ideal climate (not too hot, not too cold) brings out the best in plants and trees--new growth, budding flowers and well-forming fruit. It is also time when gardeners can plant and prune so yards look their best throughout the summer months.

    Prune Roses: Roses should be in full bloom by June. To keep rose bushes producing during summer, prune back each stem low enough to encourage denseness. Remove spent flowers immediately.

    Container Vegetable Gardens: Many vegetables will grow well in containers as long as they have full sun and are kept watered. The bigger the pot, the more soil, which will keep moisture in so plants require less watering. Containers must have holes on the bottom for proper draining. Use wire cages for vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers. Herbs also do very well in containers.

    Plant Easy-Growing Shasta Daisies: If you are looking to fill a bare space in a flower garden, one of the quickest growing and long lasting flowers is the Shasta Daisy. Flowers are white or yellow and bloom from early summer to late fall. Plants are easy to care for and are low maintenance. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Once finished flowering for the year, cut back flower stems to two or three inches tall. The plants will immediately begin growing again and begin another flowering cycle.

    Protect Fruit Trees From Birds: Anyone with fruit trees know that birds, squirrels and other animals can decimate a tree's crop. If trees are small enough, put protective netting over the trees prior to fruit ripening.

    Keep Citrus Trees Well Watered: Water citrus and avocado trees every two weeks. Water deeply and apply mulch around the trees to maintain cool soil temperatures. These types of trees do not perform well if they experience extreme dryness or moisture.

    Plant Heat-Loving Vegetables: Heading into the hottest months of the year, now is your last chance to plant vegetables that thrive in heat: corn, cucumbers, green beans, lima beans, peppers, zucchini, summer squash, melons and eggplant. Given a chance to take root before extreme temperatures, these plants will do well even as the days grow hotter. Other vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, should already be planted and producing.

    Patch Bare Spots in Lawns: June is a good time to patch lawn bare spots. Remove all weeds and add soil amendment to the location. Lay sod or plant grass seeds. Water daily for two weeks and then as needed. The next window of opportunity to replace your lawn will not be open again until October when the weather cools.

    Plant Pumpkins: Add pumpkin plants to the garden so pumpkins will be ready for harvest and carving in October. Water deeply several times a week instead of daily. Be sure to keep water off leaves (moist leaves can lead to a powdery fungal infection). Pumpkins will form from pollinated female yellow flowers. Remove smaller pumpkins that look unhealthy so the stronger pumpkins have more nutrients to grow. When pumpkin turn orange, water less frequently.

    For more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.

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  • American Heart Association Adds Gardens to Orange County Schools
    Monday, May 26, 2014 at

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Teaching Gardens are flourishing in Orange County, teaching young students to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest food and, ultimately, understand the value of creating opportunities for healthy eating choices.

    Twelve schools in Santa Ana and Garden Grove are now part of the program. Kids got their hands dirty in Agromin soil recently while planting all sorts of vegetables.

    One of three American children is overweight or obese. Through the Teaching Gardens, children and families in underserved communities in Orange County are learning to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, prepare healthy meals and make better choices to improve their health and quality of life.

    Each school is funded for three years during which they are prepared to be self-sufficient to maintain a sustainable garden. Teaching Garden curriculum includes 35 national standards-based lesson plans that include health, science and environmental studies.

    Agromin is happy to support the efforts of AHA by providing our Premium Soil Blend to each of the schools.

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  • Lee Elementary School's 2nd Grade Garden Grows
    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at

  • We recently visited Lee Elementary School in Los Alamitos to see how its garden and landscaping were coming along. A few months ago, parents and staff rebuilt the school garden as part of a modernization project of the school and began sprucing up the school's landscaping.

    What a difference! Renee Keeler's 2nd  graders planted a wonderful garden with all kinds of vegetables and flowers. They planted everything you can think of: lettuce, carrots, kale, radishes, sunflowers, corn, tomatoes all kinds of peppers, cucumbers and even marigolds and other "natural" pest control flowers. Pumpkins will go in next month!
    Drought-tolerant landscaping is also filling out nicely.

    Agromin is always happy to help schools create their gardens by providing organic garden soil. Gardens are great teaching tools. Students learn about the growth cycle of food, conservation as well as responsibility and the value of hard work

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