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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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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

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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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Lets talk a little about mulching. Mulch can be many types of materials and can be used in many ways; however, I want to talk specifically about organic mulches. There was a recent article in the the Nevada Appeal describes the use of organic mulches to beat the summer heat. I want to back up this article and show our personal experience using good mulch to conserve moisture and condition your soil!

Fertile Mulch around Tomatoes

The article can be found at: Mulches can help trees and plants stay cool. The article describes that quality mulch products can help protect the soil from blazing heat and help hold moisture. This is mailnly done by controling a little thing knows as evapotranspiration. Dictionary.com describes this term as:

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So, I was able to get my hands on the video of the test burns done by the University of Nevada at Reno Cooperative Extension in their study of the combustibility of landscape mulches. You can now watch the real burn footage to actually see the difference among the combustibility of different landscape mulches you may have or will purchase for you home. Please follow along with the video by reading the publication that you can find here at: COMBUSTIBILITY STUDY.

This video is very informative and you can find the other  blog I wrote about the study at the post Fire Resistant Wood Mulch. Please read the study and my blog to understand all the information associated with the study.

To us here at Full Circle Compost, we are very proud that our process of composting has led to the developement of wood mulch that can help with fire prevention. When you buy mulches for your yard, garden, or organization, why not buy a mulch that also has fire resistant qualities to it? I do not think that many people are concerned about the combustibility of landscape mulches but this can have a great impact if you are in a fire prone area.

If you would like more information of Fertile Mulch and its fire resistant qualities your can visit the informational site here or you can contact Full Circle Compost directly at (775) 267-5305. The fertile mulch also has a 3x water holding capacity when wet to help cut down on watering costs. For example, the tomatoes at our house where we have mulched with the fertile mulch only get watered once a week because the mulch holds water so well. It is also jam-packed full of nutrients because it has been saturated with the mineral and nutrient blends of our highest grade composts.

Hope you enjoyed the video.

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