• Gardeners Rejoice! Spring is Right Around the Corner
    Monday, February 26, 2018 at

  • Although the winter has been mild this year, there's nothing like spring (which officially begins March 20), to kick off the planting season, says Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly compost products made from organic material collected from more than 50 California cities.

    Keep Weeds in Check: Just about everything grows in spring--including weeds. You might already see weeds starting to invade your garden, especially after a rain. To avoid the drudgery of plucking weeds from your yard throughout spring and summer, take the time now to remove weeds while they are still small. Once removed, cover the weed-free area with a two-to-three-inch layer of mulch. Mulch is a natural weed suppressant. No chemicals needed.

    Prepare Garden Soil: After winter, soil often needs to be revitalized with the proper nutritional mix. Add soil amendments based on the soil type. There are products available to loosen heavy clay soil so that water can more easily reach a plant's root system. Other products give sandy soil structure to reduce erosion.

    Spruce Up Your Lawn: Your lawn may have been damaged by winter frost and have become naturally compacted. Revitalize your lawn by first lightly raking the lawn to remove fallen leaves, Then, aerate (aerators are available for purchase or rent at most garden centers) to loosen the soil and allow water and air to reach deep. Finally, add a lawn top dressing containing nutrients that will work their way into the grass root system.

    Add Summer Flowers: Spring is when gardens come alive with color. Plants with vibrant flowers include alstoemeria, armeria, bearded iris, columbine, geraniums, nicotiana and veronica. Other varieties include agapanthus, coreopsis, daylily, penstemon, Shasta daisies, tulbaghia and yarrow. Don't forget California wildflowers--just sprinkle their seeds throughout your flower garden.

    Plant Vegetables And Herbs: After the last chance of frost (around mid-month) and the soil warms, head to the nursery to pick up vegetable plants or seeds. About every type of vegetable does well if planted during early spring. They include tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, onion, potatoes, spinach, turnips and corn. Plant herbs from seed such as basil, mint, oregano, parsley and rosemary.

    Give Citrus Trees a Boost of Nitrogen: Consider having your soil around avocado and citrus trees analyzed at your local nursery to see if it is deficient in nutrients.Typically, these trees need a boost of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous in spring so the plants are healthy and ready to bear fruit. Now is also a good time of the year to plant avocado and citrus trees--giving them plenty of time to establish themselves before cooler winter weather.

    Leave Frost Damage Alone: It may be tempting to remove leaves damaged by winter frost. Keep the leaves on the trees and let nature take over. As the weather warms, the trees will shed dead leaves naturally and new growth will emerge.

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

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  • CLU Students Practice Regenerative Farming
    Friday, February 23, 2018 at

  • Students from Cal Lutheran University's Sustainable Edible Education (SEEd) program have been busy getting an early start on their spring garden. The students are adding a custom amendment blend of organics, sand and biochar that was specifically designed by Agromin to enrich the garden soil with the nutrients it needs.

    SEEd students are practicing regenerative farming, which builds up soil matter and returns it to its natural state. The soil can then better absorb carbon and retain water (all good for the environment!). The Agromin soil mix will give their garden the right starting point. So far so good! The students have planted wheat, carrots, beets, corn, snap peas, lettuce, arugula, spinach, radishes and flowers…with more to come. 

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  • Agromin to Talk Soil at Santa Barbara Home & Garden Expo – February 24 & 25
    Monday, February 19, 2018 at

  • Stop by the Agromin booth at the Santa Barbara Home & Garden Lifestyle Expo, Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25. We'll have experts on hand to discuss and answer questions on how to prepare soil for spring planting. They can also offer advice to those whose yards were damaged by the recent fire or mudslides.

    Agromin will be giving away 4-quart bags of its organic potting soil to those who visit our booth—while supplies last.

    Here are the specifics:
    Earl Warren Showgrounds
    3400 Calle Real Santa Barbara, Ca. 93105 (101 freeway at Las Positas exit)

    Saturday: 10am-5pm
    Sunday: 10am-4pm

    Free admission and parking.