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Full Circle New Years Resolution 2016 Gardeners

Well, folks. It’s the end of the year! And as short as these winter days are, for us die-hard gardener / grower types, they can sure feel long … as we gaze longingly out at our snow-blanketed planter boxes like a lonely puppy, counting down the weeks till spring with every can or jar of harvest-time goodies we finish …

But wait a minute! What better time than as we wave goodbye to 2015 could there be to start planning our 2016 yards and gardens? Not only does getting a jump on it now help you hit the ground running (or raking …), it gives you a really great thing to get excited about when people ask you your New Year’s resolution!

So leave the vows for fad diets and garage clean-ups to your Facebook friends. Read on for our favorite 8 New Year’s resolutions for gardeners and growers — ones sure to make it a truly Happy New Year for you and your plants!

FOR NEW GARDENERS!

1. Start a Garden!

If you don’t have a garden yet … start one! No matter what style of gardening / planting / growing you want to do, get things off to an amazing beginning with a healthy dose of KICK and other beyond organic Full Circle compost products … so your plants can go from zero to hero in one season.

If you’re new to the region, let us warn you that gardening in Nevada can be tough … but NOT if you have the right soil. Since most Nevada properties don’t start off with nice, developed, mature soil, you’ll just have to nurture it on up to the right conditions.

(Find out more about bad compost versus good compost for Nevada growing here; learn more about Nevada soil here.)

FOR YOUR GARDEN!

2. Start a Gardening Journal

Not only will this will motivate you to make plans–and stick to them!–but it can help you keep track of planting schedules, successes & failures, and other experience that’ll get those thumbs looking greener in no time.

3. Make a Planting Calendar!

Like your journal, having a dedicated gardening calendar helps you remember when to START projects, buy seeds or seedlings, prep soil, plant, harvest, and all the other fun steps that lead to delicious homegrown veggies and beautiful yards.

4. Build Raised Garden Beds!

You know, like the ones you see in yards around your neighborhood and wish you had. Well this year’s your year and you can get started BEFORE the planting season. Whether you want small front-yard herb-and-veggie boxes or a full-on greenhouse operation like Gary’s, all it takes is a trip to the hardware store, some dedication, and our plant-loving KICK to get things growing BIG! Learn how to build raised garden beds with guides from Sunset, Lowe’s and Eartheasy as inspiration. (You can always buy planter boxes and raised garden beds, but what’s the fun in that!)

5. Build a Compost System!

Wanna get serious about composting? Make your own! One of our favorite composting systems is the 3 pile backyard compost system. It’s a little labor-intensive, and is definitely a commitment. But if you’re up for the challenge, the payoff is (bio)massive. Go here for our instructions, tips and advice!

FOR YOUR YARD / PROPERTY!

6. Re-seed Your Lawn!

Love your lawn? This spring, get your turf to come back lusher and plusher than ever before with this way-too-easy 4-step turf reseed plan. Lasting results in as quick as 2 weeks! Check out photos of some real-life success stories from Reno, David in South Lake Tahoe, and University of Nevada.

7. Xeriscape Nevada Style!

Don’t love your lawn? Rip it out! Save water, defend against drought, cut costs, improve the value of your home, AND make your neighbors jealous by converting your yard to a natural landscape that requires minimal maintenance. Just get it started and let Nature do the hard work, season after season! Learn more about the benefits and see the payoffs in our Xeriscape Nevada articles.

8. Go Native!

Grow more natural, local, native species of plants and flowers! Not only have they been living and growing successfully in our region for a long, long time; they’re beautiful. And trust us, it ain’t all sagebrush! See our list of dozens of drought-tolerant plants that LOVE Nevada here: Xeriscape Reno – Improve Your Home’s Value) and learn how to incorporate them into your own personal ecosystem.

For more great tips, advice and professional secrets to growing in Nevada & Beyond in 2016, sign up for The Planter’s Post, a goody-packed monthly newsletter!

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Chemical vs All-natural potting mix. Who will win the battle!!!!

Chemical vs All-natural potting mix. Who will win the battle!!!!

The age old debate arises: are chemical or all-natural composts and soils better? Should gardeners and growers being using chemical or all-natural composts and soils? Are chemical or all-natural composts and soils more healthy? These questions dive deep into the fundamental debate between the use of chemical or all-natural compost and soil products in growing scenarios. This topic is building more and more momentum as the organic growing movement and demand for organically grown products increases. Well, here at Full Circle Soils & Compost, we stumbled upon a very interesting test trial that will blow your mind and help you make an informed decision between chemical or all-natural composts and soils FOREVER!

Our test trial began as a simple test to see if our products performed better than “that stuff they say is a miracle and grows.” The test came to a grinding halt; however, we discovered some evidence even more astonishing….TO CONTINUE READING PLEASE CLICK HERE

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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!

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Let’s take a look at another huge tomato plant in Gardnerville, NV at the Pacific Mart Gas Station. Full Circle Compost and the owner’s of Pacific Mart get together each year and plant some tomatoes in half wine barrels. Here are the end of August results!

7-8 ft Black Cherry~Ildy Tomato Mix in Gardnerville,NV

This year we planted a Black Cherry and an Ildy Yellow Pear tomato (more…)

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Just wanted to post some photos of the Full Circle Compost garden this 2012 growing season. We currently have around 70 varieties of tomato plants in the ground and have just started picking the first ripening tomatoes!

Main garden tomatoes. Will hit top of 6 foot fence by end of July.

The entire garden used our two signature organic plant boosting products, Garden Boost and  our liquid Worm Wine plant food. Big results in Nevada if you understand your native soil and how to fix it properly! Visit our website for more information or give us a call to help your garden grow: Full Circle Compost.

Black Cherry tomato and flower outside the back door!

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The Power Of Worms!

Here is an experiment Full Circle Compost did with our signature Worm Wine organic liquid plant food and booster! Check out the difference…

FCC Worm Wine applied to left plant. No application to right plant.

These are two tomatillo plants started at the exact same. The one on the left had one single application of Full Circle Compost’s Worm Wine organic liquid plant booster and the one on the right only had water. Both were watered regularly and both planted in the same potting mix from Full Circle. The growth differences are amazing. The extra growth shows the power of the extra biology apparent in the Worm Wine and the active calcium getting directly to the plant through foliar feeding.

Here is another picture of flowers in front of Joyce’s Jewelry in Gardenerville, NV.

FCC Worm Wine left. No Worm Wine right.

The plant on the left was sprayed with Worm Wine exactly one month ago today with a hand pump sprayer. The plant on the right had no application of Worm Wine. Applying Worm Wine to the plant itself lets the leaves take in the nutrients and biology.

Worms create the most biologically active compost which can be used to make teas and liquid biologicals. Taking this liquid and mixing with some extra special organic plant boosting ingredients can get the results seen in these pictures! The power of Worms!!!

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***This post has been recently updated and can now be found here: HOW TO MAKE COMPOST TEA***

Keeping the topic of compost tea going, here is a video about the basic concepts of good compost tea. There is a section on how to make compost tea and also in-depth explanations of how compost tea works to boost your plants. This is a complicated subject and this video is only a small portion of the compost tea information.

In overview of the video, compost tea is a liquid version of compost that allows you to boost your garden and plants without adding extra material to your pots or garden. The compost tea in this video is just a simple compost tea that anyone can make only needing a five gallon bucket and good compost.

The key to amazing compost tea is using a great compost! Finding a compost product that has added minerals to it will allow you to make a tea that goes beyond regular composts and manures. You should always look for compost that has vermicompost and added solution grade minerals like calcium, potassium, and trace minerals when making compost teas. These solution grade minerals will dissolve fully in the compost tea allowing them to be applied to your plants in the most efficient manner. The vermicompost creates added microbiology to the compost tea that normal manures do not add. Worms are the king composters and their casting are the best.

The recipe in this video is simple and can be used once a week in place of one of your normal watering times. The dilution of the tea determines how much and or often you can use the tea. The lighter the tea the more you can use it. This recipe is a light tea and calls for:

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