• Plan Your 2018 Garden in January
    Thursday, December 28, 2017 at

  • There isn't a lot to do in the garden during January so use the time to make your 2018 garden plans

    Evaluate Your Landscaping: Take a look at your landscaping—are there bare spots in the lawn, along borders and in the flower garden? Is your irrigation working properly? Do trees need to be trimmed? Make a list of your "to-dos" between now and spring.

    Prune Dormant Fruit Trees and Roses: Remove dead or disease-fill branches. Prune crossing branches.

    Plant California Poppies From Seed: Spread out the seeds on moist soil in garden bare spots. Gently cover seeds with soil. Keep soil moist until seeds begin to sprout. Regular rain should be enough to enable the poppies to take root. Water if rain is infrequent. Weeds will also sprout around the seeds. Cover area with mulch to prevent weed growth.

    Plant California Natives: January is a good time to plant California natives. Natives that bring vibrant color to a garden include California fuchsia, desert mallow, Bush monkeyflower and humming bird sage.

    Keep Lawn Free Of Leaves: Rake fallen leaves from lawns so grass can soak up winter sun and properly dry from winter rains.

    Plant Leafy Green Vegetables: Plant these in the ground in January: arugula, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, fennel and kale,

    Add Bulbs: Pull your tulip, freesia and iris bulbs out of the refrigerator and plant them when outdoor temperatures take on a winter chill.

    Plant Bare Root Fruit Trees & Roses: Bare root fruit and rose trees are in abundance at nurseries this time of year. They are easy to spot—their roots are exposed (no soil) and their limbs are without leaves and usually trimmed back. Once planted, winter rains will keep them moist until spring arrives and leave begin to appear. Plant early in the month. Note: if January is unseasonably warm, the trees may break their dormancy ahead of schedule.

    Properly Recycle Your Christmas Tree: Remove tinsel and decorations from your Christmas tree, cut it up and place it in your green recycling barrel. Check with your local waste hauler for specific instructions in your area. Agromin will accept Christmas trees through January 19 at three of its locations. For a list, got to http://bit.ly/2E7IRhd. Those who drop off their trees will receive a free bag of potting soil.

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  • Drop Off Your Christmas Tree At Agromin, Get Free Potting Mix
    Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at

  • Agromin, the green waste recycler for most of Ventura County, is accepting Christmas trees at three of its locations now through January 19. Residents who drop off their trees will receive a free bag of potting mix.

    Drop off locations are:

    Agromin Organics - 6859 Arnold Rd., Oxnard (Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

    Agromin/Simi Valley Landfill – 2801 Madera Rd., Sim Valley (Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

    Agromin Corporate Office – 201 Kinetic Dr. Oxnard (Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

    Residents must remove all tinsel, lighting and other decorations before drop off. Flocked and unflocked trees are accepted.

    Christmas trees can also be disposed of at curbside. They must first be cut up so that limbs and branches fit into the green recycling barrel.

    Agromin estimates it will recycle over 100,000 whole and cut Christmas trees after the holidays. The trees will be cleaned, chopped and then composted over a 30-day period. The resulting mulch and soil amendments will then be used by growers, landscapers and consumers.

    For more information, call Agromin at 805-485-9200.

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  • Earths Magnet School Receives Agromin Compost Delivery
    Friday, December 22, 2017 at

  • Earths Magnet School in Newbury Park recently received bags of compost from Agromin. Students will use the soil in the school garden beds where they grow all sorts of vegetables year round. Students will also use the soil in classrooms for their seed sprouting projects. 

    Earths Magnet School is a perfect fit for Agromin. The school focuses its curriculum on the earth, technology, life and physical sciences. Its second grade classes visit Agromin each year.

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