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Gloomy or Sunny, June Provides Perfect Weather For Outdoor Gardening

Agromin - Thursday May 27 2010 at 5:37 PM

Gardeners can take advantage of the typically cool June weather in Southern California to plant summer vegetables, flowers and trees without worry of heat-related plant damage, say experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly soil products made from recycled organic material from over 50 Southern California communities.

Vegetables for Small Spaces: If you are limited in your vegetable garden space, consider planting vegetables that produce big quantities per plant. These include cucumbers, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Mount tomato plants on a trellis to free up even more space.

Plan Your Herb Garden Based On Water Needs: Many herbs require little water. Rosemary, English thyme, oregano, lavender and sage all do well with minimal watering and little shade. Other herbs such as basil, chives and cilantro require moist soil and indirect sun. Plan the placement of your herb plants according to water requirements. For longer life of herbs, pinch back flowers as soon as they appear. Cilantro and basil are examples of quick-flowering herbs. By pinching back, plants grow more leaves, and in some cases, can continue to produce for a year or more.

Plant Citrus Trees: Plant citrus trees in June for best results. Waiting until the hot weather months of July and August puts stress on trees when planted. Cooler temperatures afford the best conditions for tree planting. If unable to plant trees in June, wait until fall when the weather cools. Remember, when planting a tree, the hole should be at least twice a large as the tree's root system. After placing the tree in the hole, fill the hole with a mixture of soil conditioner and soil. Press firmly on the soil and water deeply and thoroughly. The soil should be moist at all times for the first three to four weeks following transplanting. Apply a two to three inch layer of mulch around the trunk to keep in moisture and to keep the soil cool.

Protect Your Garden From Animals: Many gardeners tend their vegetable plants with care only to see rabbits, squirrels or other animals eat the fruits of their labor. To protect the garden, purchase 3/4" wire mesh that rises two to three feet high and at least one foot deep into the ground. Bend the mesh wires away from the garden so rabbits cannot easily job over. A natural animal repellant is crushed hot chili peppers scattered around your garden. Both rabbits and squirrels will stay clear.

Landscaping With Tropical Plants: If a backyard tropical paradise is in the plans, June is the time to plant. Hawaiian bamboo, ferns, palms, banana trees, ginger, hibiscus, orchids and bougainvillea all do well. June's mild weather reduces the stress of planting or transplanting.

Not Too Early To Plant Pumpkins: October may be four months off, but now is the time to plant pumpkin plants so pumpkins are ready by Halloween. Plants should be six feet apart so that long vines can grow. The plants need lots of warmth and moisture to thrive. Yellow flowers will start to appear several weeks after planting. The flowers will develop into pumpkins after they are pollinated. Each pumpkin plant will produce three to five pumpkins. If you are interested in growing large pumpkins, keep only one pumpkin per plant so the plant can focus all its energy on the one fruit. Pumpkins will be ready for picking in three to four months.


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

Agromin Donates Bags of Potting Soil To Habitat For Humanity's Orange County "ReStore"

Agromin - Friday April 30 2010 at 12:37 PM

Habitat For Humanity received a donation of 120 bags (two tons) of outdoor potting soil for its Orange County "ReStores" from Agromin, a green materials recycling company and premium soil manufacturer.

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County's Santa Ana and Garden Grove ReStores sell recycled and reusable home and construction materials including furniture, artwork, appliances, cabinets and countertops. Proceeds from the sales of the items help support Habitat for Humanity homebuilding projects throughout Orange County.

?We are so grateful for this donation from Agromin,? said Karen Thoms, director of ReStores, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. ?Donations like this help us fulfill our mission of transforming lives and communities by helping families fix up their yards with affordable lawn and garden items from the Habitat OC ReStores. It fits into our recycle, reuse philosophy.?

Agromin potting soil is made from green materials (grass clippings, leaves, trees trimmings) that are cleaned, chopped and naturally composted using a safe, organic and scientific system. The company receives and processes more than 365,000 tons of urban wood and green waste each year and produces more than 200 different kinds of soil products for farmers, landscapers and consumers.

Agromin will also provide the top dressing and mulch for Habitat home construction projects in Fullerton and San Juan Capistrano.

For ReStore locations and hours, go to www.ReStoreOC.org.
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