[permaculture] if there were a benefit to deforestation...

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Thu Jan 7 22:33:23 EST 2010


Lawrence F. London, Jr. wrote:
> Mathew Waehner wrote:

>> >From the pictures I've seen on your blog, Larry, you are working good
>> peidmont clay.  That has good cation exchange capacity, but needs organic
> 
> Actually it is Georgeville silt loam, a red soil that is highly 
> permeable; won't hold water good enough to build a pond in it.
> 
>> matter to build soil structure.  Biochar probably wouldn't help much there.

Actually it might make a huge difference. My soil is highly permeabe and 
prone to leaching away nutrients during heavy rain; adding biochar would 
help retain these nutrients in the soil. Now I need at least a ton of it.

LL

> Maybe not. It would be interesting to try some on one bed.
> 
>> But on the sandy soils of Eastern NC, biochar could enhancce soil fertility
>> significantly by holding onto nutrients.
> 
> Absolutely, in that sandy loam in the Coastal Plain.



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