Biochar

  • Biochar

    Posted by ginsengfarmer on September 11, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Hey has anyone here tried biochar as a soil additive? I just started using some charged biochar I made this last year and I rather impressed with the results, but it was a small sample size. So I would be happy to hear about about any other experiences.

    Stoutlander replied 8 months ago 6 Members · 16 Replies
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  • Mud

    Member
    September 11, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Biochar is basically a cleansing agent like activated charcoal, has a high carbon content that helps add compost to the soil, it holds moisture an releases it like a sponge, and is generally a good additive to a soil mix.

    Nature does it best and when forest fires blaze thru, what is left is biochar and ashes. It’s the way our mother nature cleans and renews.

  • ginsengfarmer

    Member
    September 13, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Thanks for the reply, Mud. I am really interested in any results from gardening with different kinds of biochar in different soils. From everything I have read on the subject biochar seems to capture nitrogen and phosphorus that might otherwise leech out. With fertilizer prices being what they are, any increase nutrient recycling is welcomer.

  • offgridgrama

    Member
    September 16, 2022 at 5:14 am

    I learned how to make biochar from David the Good YT videos and am also looking forward to seeing how it does. I’m charging my charcoal with fish emulsion right now and plan to add it to my very sandy soil in a couple of weeks. I will let you know how it goes.

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by  offgridgrama. Reason: Grammer fix
    • ginsengfarmer

      Member
      September 17, 2022 at 3:42 am

      Awesome! Would love to hear the results!

  • Marthale7

    Member
    September 16, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    I have been researching biochar for some time collected many links about it.

    https://www.pinterest.com/mart85yahoocom/biochar/

  • Marthale7

    Member
    September 16, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    I have found that biocar is like a hotel for bacteria. You have to make your hotel a 5 star hotel by innocutating the biochar. I have found for me it is the worm bin is the best way to innocuate as the bacteria setup show, and there are many nutrients that char will soak up and then give back as a slow release fertilizer for the plants.

  • Marthale7

    Member
    September 16, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    This video is one of the best for breaking the char to small size.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPfKmzZE5J8

    • ginsengfarmer

      Member
      September 17, 2022 at 3:48 am

      That’s a great video! I never would have thought to use a garbage disposal. Looks fast and easy. I have also read some information on biochar helping clay soils by slowing compaction and retaining water. I have a link to add to your collection. It’s not a great one, but it does a decent job of showing a basic biochar kiln.

      Biochar Kilns (carltonswcd.org)https://carltonswcd.org/biochar-kilns

      • Marthale7

        Member
        September 17, 2022 at 11:49 am

        Yeah clay can be a tough one, I have found layers of wood chips like Back to Eden gardening sure can help to loosen the soil, it does make it a better place for the earthworms to tunnel thru and bring more life.

      • Marthale7

        Member
        September 17, 2022 at 11:50 am

        Kimble sure is a smart guy. I have used an old meat grinder, but electric machines are so much faster.

  • Marthale7

    Member
    September 16, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    I find it to be use useful for sandy soil, but not needed if your soil is good already.

  • Marthale7

    Member
    September 17, 2022 at 11:51 am

    This video from David the Good sure is well done for how he makes biochar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWg1fm6Ss1M

    • ginsengfarmer

      Member
      September 19, 2022 at 3:22 am

      That was a good video as well!

      • Marthale7

        Member
        September 19, 2022 at 10:10 am

        Yeah, I adore the pit/cone method of making char as you don’t have to have barrels wich rust out after use, just dirt.

  • Oneshot

    Member
    September 23, 2022 at 11:22 am

    That’s good to hear. I’m in the country. I have a burn pile that has been in the backyard for years. I’m going to soak a few buckets in the duck pool water and add a bit of chicken poop. I want to add it to my garlic/onion beds. I’ve seen rave reviews from good gardeners on the tube.

  • Stoutlander

    Member
    September 27, 2022 at 9:29 am

    I bought a couple of large bags of hardwood charcoal that were on sale at Walmart last spring (the bags had holes in them that were taped up). Ground it up like David the Good did in his video. Did one bag this spring and will do the other bag soon as I have realized that I should have added more to the garden. I just got a couple of large bags of vermiculite from Uline. Two 4 cubic foot bags for $42. each (minimum order is 2 bags). I’m hoping a bag will help next year as it was a very dry summer here in S.W. Missouri.