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Watsonville business a growth industry

Posted: Friday, Apr 19th, 2013

A loader operator collects a large scoop of fine grind redwood at Sun Land Garden Products on Pioneer Road in Watsonville Thursday. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE Sun Land Gardens Products began its life in the 1950s as a poultry farm, launched by Ed Minasian upon his return from the U.S. Air Force as a way to support his new family.

He soon realized that the sawdust he used for bedding mixed with the chicken manure made an excellent fertilizer, and the demand for the product by local farmers prompted Minasian to change the focus of his business.

Sun Land Gardens Products was born.

Soon, Minasian began to mix more materials into his blends based on customer requests, including redwood mulch, perlite, dry fertilizers, peat mulch, crushed lava rock and sand, each of which tweaked the acidity, moisture, salinity and other aspects of the blends.

For the complete article see the 04-20-2013 issue.

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