• Plenty of Planting to Do in May
    Thursday, April 30, 2015 at

  • Plant heating-loving flowers and vegetables in May so they are in full bloom and producing in summer

    Plant From Seed: There is still time to plant vegetables from seed that thrive in summer sun. These include corn, onions, peppers, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, melons and squash. These vegetables are fast growing and will produce vegetables by mid-summer.

    Use Tomato Trusses: Tomato plants need support as they grow. Add a tall metal or wooden truss around each tomato plant to support the plant as it grows it heavy fruit (especially the big beefsteak and heirloom varieties). This will prevent the stems from bending or breaking.

    Plant Summer Bloomers: Add splashes of color to your flower garden with summer bloomers. These hearty perineals require minimal water once established: African iris, sea lavender, California fuchsia, bird of paradise and Lily-of-the-Nile. Plant summer annuals as well including petunias, marigolds, salvia and impatiens.

    Add Mulch: With rising water rates, now is the time to add a two to three inch layer of mulch around flowers, trees and shrubs. Much not only reduces weeds, it holds in moisture so you water less.

    Add Drought-Tolerant Grasses: While removing lawns have become a popular way to save water, certain clump grasses are actually drought-tolerant. These include sheep fescue, deergrass and purple needle grass. Once established, they need very little water, even in summer. Plant them as groundcover.

    Plant Wildflowers: Scatter wildflowers throughout your flower garden for surprise color. Plants native to southern California so do especially well are California poppy, sky lupine, tidy tips and globe gilia.

    Double Check Your Irrigation Schedule: Make sure you are not overwatering. Set your irrigation system to water in the early morning hours. Monitor initially to be sure there is no runoff. Add a drip system to your garden. This will enable water to reach directly into the plants’ root system. Trees and shrubs benefit from weekly deep watering instead of quick watering several times a week.

    Dethatch Your Lawn: Thatch is an organic layer of dead grass stems and roots between the green grass above and the roots below.  Thatch will decay naturally, but if it builds up it can stop air and water from getting to your lawn's root system. Aerate and dethatch your lawn in May so water can easily penetrate to the roots. Apply a light layer of lawn top dressing to keep in moisture.

    Thin Fruit Trees: Fruit trees produce more fruit than can grow to maturity. Some of the immature fruit will fall naturally during May. Thin the remaining smaller fruit from the branches. That way, stronger fruit will grow larger and tastier.

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

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  • Grow Beach Begins to Blossom at Cal State, Long Beach
    Thursday, April 23, 2015 at

  • Grow Beach, a unique garden project at on the Cal State University Long Beach campus is starting to blossom. After a year in the works, 88, 20' x 5' and 8, 20' x 3' ADA accessible planter boxes are built and placed on the northwest corner of campus. Students rent 5' x 5' plots in the boxes for $25 and staff, faculty and alumni rent space for $50 per academic year. They can plant kitchen vegetables and beneficial flowers. Students began planting just after spring break.

    The idea for Grow Beach came from students. Founders are Vincent Holguin, Brandon Gharios and Jonathan Brolin. They came up with the idea to get a garden going and formed a student organization to develop the project. A constitution, by-laws and a design were developed. The committee running the project is an unpaid student organization.

    Students are provided the container, soil and water as well as general maintenance of the areas surrounding the garden boxes. Agromin was happy to provide the organic soil amendments that will help the gardens grow.

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  • Agromin Honored at American Heart Association Gathering
    Monday, April 13, 2015 at

  • Agromin's Sophia Torres (right) and AHA's Marisa Rodriguez

    For almost three years, Agromin has been involved in the American Heart Association's Teaching Gardens program. One third of children in the U.S. are overweight. The AHA began sponsoring school gardens and developed a curriculum that teaches children about nutrition and ways they can eat healthier. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade receive hands-on lessons in their school's AHA garden by planting, nurturing and ultimately harvesting the healthy food they've grown.

    Agromin received the AHA's 2014 Outstanding Teaching Gardens Vendor Award for Exceptional Customer Service earlier this month.

    Agromin delivers its Premium Blend soil mix to over 35 elementary schools in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Agromin's Sophia Torres, who coordinates these and other soil deliveries, was on hand to accept the award.

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