• Plant Vegetables in April For Summer Harvest
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at

  • For those who love to cook with fresh vegetables straight from the garden, April is the time to plant vegetable seedlings and plants for a summer harvest.

    Vegetables To Plant From Seed In April: There is still time to plant seeds that will produce summer and fall beets, carrots, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, pumpkins, squash and most herbs.

    Add These Vegetable Plants: In addition to those vegetables listed above, local nurseries are brimming with all sorts of vegetables plants ready for your garden. These include asparagus, kale, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, eggplant, peas, onion, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard and zucchini.

    Rotate Crops: Farmers do it, so should gardeners. Keep soil healthy and maximize plant growth by rotating crops (i.e., plant tomatoes where peppers were grown last year). Planting similar vegetables in the same location year after year pulls the same nutrients from the soil to feed plants. Rotating crops to different locations means less stress on the soil. Relocate crops at least 10 feet from their previous location.

    Plant A Blueberry Bush: Blueberries are some of the most expensive fruit at the grocery store. Plant a bush or two and enjoy fresh blueberries through fall. Blueberry bushes are self-pollinizing and do best in full sun. The bush should be kept moist throughout the growing season. Make sure it is established before allowing it to bear fruit. Remove any dead, woody-looking twigs to allow stronger stems to grow.

    Add Drought Tolerant Groundcover: Although winter rains have turned everything green, it still makes sense to add plants that require less water. Water bills do not appear to be going down anytime soon. Plants that need little water and make good groundcover include rockrose, Spanish lavender, blue fescue, ice plant, thyme varieties and alyssum.

    Try Container Gardening: If you have space constraints or want to avoid the oftentimes backbreaking work of tilling and prepping garden soil, consider container gardening. Herbs, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, radishes, eggplant and just about any other in-ground vegetable or herb can be easily grown in containers.

    Revitalize Your Lawn: Winter rains have brought most lawns back from the dead. If you plan to keep your lawn, spring is the time to add grass seed to bare patches. Mow your lawn, add seed and then cover with a thin layer of lawn top dressing. Some top dressing contains an ingredient known as biochar, a porous, charcoal-like material that helps the soil retain moisture and nutrients. This means less watering once established. Water twice a day initially for two weeks. Mow the new growth when it is about two inches high.

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

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  • School Garden Teaches Costa Mesa High Schoolers Life-Long Skills
    Friday, March 3, 2017 at

  • School gardens teach students where their food comes from, but they are also a great way to introduce young people to careers in the sustainability and science-related industries.

    The Environmental and Marine Academy at Costa Mesa High School is an environmental-focused career-technical education program. Its purpose is to prepare students for life after high school with 21st century skills and experiences including resume-building, interviewing strategies, public speaking and project-based learning. Everything is taught through the lens of environmental and marine careers and issues, with a special focus on community engagement. 

    The students are responsible for the care and maintenance of the school's garden beds. Agromin donated 15 cubic yards of garden hummus to the school for its garden and planters.

    The donation of soil amendment supports the students' study of sustainable urban agriculture in the campus garden space.

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  • Green Team Visits Agromin's Chino Facility
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at

  • Sixth graders from Rogers Middle School in Long Beach recently took a trip to Agromin's facility in Chino. The students are part of the school's "Green Team" where they are responsible for managing the school's recycling program. As team members, they also learn about all the different ways to recycle. They came away from their Agromin tour with a greater understanding and a first-hand view of what organic waste recycling is all about.

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