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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!


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.)


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!


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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Wow! Now what a difference a little Xeriscape can make to your home!

Wow! Now what a difference a little Xeriscape can make to your home!

The final results are in for Nevada home owners looking to add Xeriscape to your abode! Part 3 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, mulching, adding DG paths, and completed all of the irrigation of the front yard of this Reno, Nevada rental house. Let’s take a look at the before and after photos.

Lots of planting happened during project. As time passes, the growth will continue. The yard will begin to take shape and mature. The berries, herbs, and fruit trees will begin providing great fruits and veggies for the home owner. Look at that beautiful rich mulch that contrasts the golden DG so well.


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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.

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