• First Full Month of Spring Offers A Multitude of Garden Options
    Thursday, March 29, 2018 at

  • The wet weather in March has turned everything green--a good motivator to plant an ambitious garden this spring.

    Prepare Your Garden Before Planting: For most, the gardening bug only hits in spring. That means gardens have been given minimal attention during fall and winter. Get your garden ready for spring planting by first removing weeds and any dead leftover vegetable plants. Then, add two inches of a vegetable garden mix into the soil. The soil amendment with its microorganisms improves soil structure and releases needed nutrients.

    Install A Drip Irrigation System: The rain won't stick around much longer. When the heat of summer is upon us, a drip irrigation system will get the water where plants need it the most--directly into the root system. A drip system makes the best use of water, unlike an overhead spray system where much of the water is lost to evaporation or runoff.

    Plant Vegetables With A Good Return On Investment: Garden-grown vegetables taste better and are usually healthier than store-bought versions, but with the cost of water and soil prep, some vegetables are worth planting more than others. Vegetables that can be grown for just about the same cost as their store-bought versions include artichokes, tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, bell peppers, garlic and zucchini (although you may end up with too many).

    Plant Your Herb Garden: An herb garden also makes good financial sense. Aside from their fresh-picked goodness, most homegrown herbs cost less to grow than to buy. Basil, chives, cilantro, mint, oregano, parsley, dill and rosemary are just some easy-to-grow herbs that should be planted now.

    Add Flowers To Your Vegetable Garden: Add pollen-rich flowers in and around your vegetable garden to attract beneficial, pollenating insects. They'll be drawn to the flowers but will also make stops at your flowering vegetable plants. Consider planting yarrow, sunflowers, fennel, lantana, alyssum and white clover.

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

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  • Preschoolers Get A Hands-On Nature Lesson at Oxnard College's Child Development Center
    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at

  • The Child Development Center (CDC) at Oxnard College has a brand new butterfly/hummingbird garden--with the help of members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the college's maintenance and operations department. The CDC had five small landscaped areas--four containing only turf. They were the perfect location make the switch to native plants so preschoolers could have a place to observe nature.

    The turf was removed and the spray irrigation was replaced to drip irrigation, which will only be needed until the plant roots are established or during prolonged heat waves. Next, soil (donated by Agromin) was added. With the assistance from teachers, parents and a team of biologists and scientists from the Fish and Wildlife Service, the preschoolers planted a variety of native plants at the center.

    Plants included sages, Monkey Plants, Mallow, Flannel Bush, Catalina cherry trees, Lemonade Berry, Galvezia, Heuchera, Yarrow and Milkweed. Some of the plants were from cuttings from a makeshift nursery on the college campus created by Bob Sube, Oxnard College director of facilities, maintenance and operations. Others were donated by Michael Glenn, a biologist from the Fish and Wildlife Service.

    The children enjoyed themselves and were proud of creating a garden that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the campus. As an added benefit, the new landscaping will require less water and fewer hours to maintain.

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  • Earths Magnet School Visits Agromin
    Thursday, March 15, 2018 at

  • About 80 second graders from Earths Magnet School in Newbury Park recently visited Agromin's Oxnard composting facility. Each year, the school's second grade classes come to Agromin to learn how green waste turns into compost and watch how it is then bagged for sale. Agromin's Dave Green shows the kids how to monitor the temperature of the compost (see picture above) to make sure it's at optimum levels.

    Agromin's message of organic recycling and sustainability fits perfectly with the school's emphasis on environmental science and technology.

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