Plants have been planted and mulch applied! Part 3 will finish the job!

Plants have been planted and mulch applied! Part 3 will finish the job!

Hey you Nevada home owners looking to add Xeriscape to your abode! Part 2 of this multi-part blog series walking you through the steps of the Xeriscape Nevada process is here! The River School Farm team has finished planting and mulching the front yard of this Reno, Nevada rental house. Let’s take a look….Please click here to continue reading this post.

Part 1 of how to Xeriscape your yard to be drought tolerant with beautiful, edible landscape.

Part 1 of How to Xeriscape your yard to be drought tolerant with beautiful, edible landscape.

Do you want your yard to turn heads, make your neighbors jealous, be the most beautiful on the block, and increase the value of your home? Do you want this while also being drought tolerant, full of nutrition, and supporting plants that love Nevada (just like we do)? Well we have your solution: Xeriscape Nevada with Full Circle Soils & Compost and the River School Farm.

This is a multi-part blog series walking you through the Xeriscape Nevada process on a current project unfolding in Reno, Nevada. Get ready to witness the amazing power of wildly productive soils, composts and mulches. When these nutrient packed materials are used with Nevada tolerant plants and water savvy irrigation systems, you can create landscape glory! (Hey, this is a work in progress so…these initial pictures are the first stages. Part 2 and 3 will blow your mind!)

What is Xeriscape: a landscaping method developed especially for arid and semiarid climates that utilizes water-conserving techniques (as the use of drought-tolerant plants, mulch, and efficient irrigation. Courtesy of the word experts at Merriam-Webster).

So what’s the plan? Our good friends at the River School Farm mapped out a whole plan with a list of Xeriscape ready plants to revitalize this front yard of a rental house in Reno. As you can see, the yard has seen better days…TO SEE THE PICTURES, THE PLANT LIST, AND CONTINUE READING PLEASE CLICK HERE.

From grass, to custom compost, to landscape and turf growth! UNR goes green with Full Circle!

From grass, to custom compost, to landscape and turf growth! UNR goes green with Full Circle!

Full Circle Soils & Compost and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) have worked together to create a “truly green campus” from start to finish. A recent article in NEVADA Today outlines this super sustainable recycling, composting, and all-natural campus fertilization “super team” that pushes UNR to new heights of GREEN GREATNESS! The below quote from the “truly green campus” article outlines the plan:

Grass clippings are collected for shipment to Full Circle Soils & Compost, a Minden-area company that uses the clippings as one of the ingredients in its line of nutrient-rich soils and nutritional additives.  

The University, in turn, purchases composted soils and specialized organic products from Full Circle for use in its landscape beds and on its lawns.  

The program diverts large amounts of green waste out of the region’s landfills, said Marty Sillito, assistant director for Grounds Services in the University’s Department of Facilities Maintenance Services. ”

Now that is a “full circle” recycling solution. UNR is not only recycling organic items like grass and landscape materials but completing the loop by actually using the products made from their own organic materials back on the campus. Even better, the results are RIDICULOUS! Continue reading…

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Using Mulch To Beat The Heat and Fight Drought!

Like people (as well as dogs, cows, wild burros and a few other things), plants get thirsty. Nevada gardening in a heat wave during a drought when you’re trying to save water presents a conflict. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be so bad. Especially when you use products that hold around three times as much moisture as the common stuff. Luckily, we happen to know of some…

First, let’s talk about water retention. Simply put, it refers to how much moisture stays in something versus how much either gets zapped up by Mean Ol’ Mister Sun or trickles off to some other spot….

To continue reading please follow click here: Gardening Tips To Beat The Heat and Drought

Hello Gardeners and Growers! I am back after a long hiatus. Where have I been for the last few years? Well, helping our family business grow and grow (just like all the plants and veggies we help flourish with our all-natural soil and compost products!). I am going to be writing all new blogs and providing great information about composting, gardening, growing, and all things green on our all new blog, THE SCOOP. You can find our blog on the bottom of our new website, fullcirclecompost.com. Please come take a look.

Come on over and visit the all new Full Circle Soils & Compost with awesome composting information and products!

Come on over and visit the all new Full Circle Soils & Compost with awesome composting information and products!

I hope you enjoy the Full Circle Soils & Compost revamped brand. This is the first season we’ve rolled it out and our business is taking us to new places every day. The distributors and retail stores we’ve teamed with continue to relay kind customer comments regarding our all-natural growing products and we couldn’t be more tickled. Whether you’re a new customer just discovering the power of our enviro-friendly products, or a seasoned user continuing to be impressed with the gleeful response from your plants, we’re happy to have you on-board.

Happy Growing!

Here is a quick video explaining how to fix a Wall-O-Water. These handy “mini-greenhouses” allow Full Circle Compost to grow our tomatoes early here in Nevada. The Wall-O-Water in the video has been used for three years straight and we leave them outside all year round. With the help of Walls-O-Water, Full Circle Compost Garden Boost, and Full Circle Compost Worm Wine; we are averaging 50-100 lbs of tomatoes per plant in Nevada.

To see our whole planting process please check out this past blog post: Hula-Hoop Method for Planting Tomatoes!

To see some amazing results, check out this blog post: The Proof is in the Pictures!

400 lbs of tomatoes in one single picking from Full Circle Compost's garden! Farmer Craig style!

400 lbs of tomatoes in one single picking from Full Circle Compost’s garden! Farmer Craig style!

Full Circle Compost facility: organics recycling center

Full Circle Compost facility: organics recycling center

A recent press release from Waste Management and the Atlantis states that in 2012 the casino resort was able to beat their goals for food waste recycling through composting:

“Atlantis diverted 1,500 yards of food waste material, exceeding their goal by 56 percent. Through this program, food scraps and other organic material were separated and diverted from the traditional waste stream, and processed into compost.”

This is a great accomplishment and just the beginning for the recycling of organic materials through composting in the Northern Nevada area! The ability for businesses to make a difference in a state that has yet to set up standardized recycling regulations is very commendable. It shows the initiative and drive of sustainable companies to make a difference.

All of the materials that were separated by the Atlantis Casino were sent to Full Circle Compost by Waste Management. Full Circle Compost operates in the capital of Nevada, Carson City. Full Circle Compost has been in operation for over 25 years recycling organic materials and turning them into high quality natural fertilizers and mulches. In 2012, Full Circle Compost, with the help of Waste Management, the Atlantis, South Tahoe Refuse, and many other local Northern Nevada companies was able to process almost 4,000 yards of food waste. Other businesses that compost with Full Circle include: the Peppermill Casino, Whole Foods, Wal-mart, Costco, Campo restaurant, Odwalla, Embassy Suites, and many others.

Hopefully in the near future, every business in the Northern Nevada and the Lake Tahoe area will have the option to recycle their food waste. Food waste is only one part. Just imagine if every business and home could send their grass clippings and landscape materials to Full Circle Compost rather than be sent to the landfill.

Let’s keep pushing organics recycling forward and keep up the good work!


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