[Market-farming] Making Biochar in my New Char Chamber

Ann Sherrington annsherrington at gmail.com
Wed Mar 30 16:19:31 EDT 2011


A question on bio-char:  when you add wood ash to your garden, you're
always cautioned about making the soil too akaline -- would this be
true for bio char as well?

Ann Sherrington
Port Hood, Cape Breton, NS
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On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM, Marty Kraft <martyk at allspecies.org> wrote:
> A Fiery Movie: I just uploaded another video to youtube. It shows firing my
> biochar chamber in my wood stove turning wood chips into charcoal. If added
> to the soil the carbon in wood chips will be back in the atmosphere in 10 to
> 20 years. However the charcoal that i'm making will last for several
> thousand years in the soil and will help plants get nutrients too. Before i
> add the biochar to the soil i need to soak it in a fertilizer or compost tea
> solution so it won't grab minerals from the soil. Once charged with minerals
> the char will give nutrients instead of take them.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdk62DBs4kU
>
> See other videos arranged into a garden calendar guide at,
> http://www.organotill.org
>
> Marty Kraft
>
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