Easy biochar! AS SEEN ON TV!
Biochar is being touted as the cure for sandy soil, nutrient leaching, global warming, toxic residues, cancer and Bieber Fever.
I made some with Ricky and Winky a few weeks ago, as you probably saw from my previous post. Rick basically takes a ton of branches and logs, gets them blazing, then covers the half-burned fire with a bunch of wet leaves and pine needles… then waters the heck out of it for hours.
Of course, this is also a great excuse to drink beer, smoke cigars and burn stuff.
Rather than making a big barrel or something that actually takes infrastructure, Rick’s method makes for easy biochar cooking – and it’s based on his own experimenting, which makes it double-plus-good. Hurray for experimenters. I went home with four buckets of char from one of his previous burns… and there was still plenty left behind.
I’ve read conflicting reports as to biochar’s effectiveness, with some trials showing poor results and others showing the opposite. It seems the very best way to make biochar effective is to mix it with some kind of nutrients or compost so it can be colonized by fungi and bacteria. Soaking it in compost tea, worm tea or urine is also apparently a good way to kick-start it.
Anyone else using the stuff?