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Old 06-25-2018, 03:59 PM #1
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How do YOU charge your bio-char?

I have seen alot of different ways to charge bio-char.
Some just pee on it. Some use inorganic chems, some use act. I've heard of putting bio-char in barrel with ewc, compost and kelp, then adding water and letting it sit.

I want to do organic, so no chems. I have no problem using urine- lots of great info here about it's effectiveness.
I just want the best homemade bio-char I can make.

What's everyone's favorite method?
How long do you let bio-char sit in the charging solution?

Most importantly- how would I go about adding bio-char to my soil that is already in use?
I wouldn't think I would topdress with it, however I'm sure someone has tried.
Would I add some to the bottom of a pot and put as much of my existing soil on top, while disturbing my soil as little as possible?
Been trying to do the rolls notill thing. Some pots are on 3 cycle now with top dress and mulches added.

Or should I dump all my notill pots on a tarp add the bio-char, homogenize then repot and start over with no till.
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what about just leaving it out in the rain?
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There are different products if you don't make your own. Some come charged, others come inoculated, and at least one comes just plain ol char.

You could also make the soil in the mix with the bio char just stronger and let it cook. It acts like a sponge, and a habitat for micro-organisms. So treat it as such.
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How do you charge bio-char?(if using).
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I haven't used any yet.
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I just chuck it in when I let the mix cook.. some soak with a tea or fish blood to try and charge it with extra microbes and nutes but I think that any blend you brew in a liquid medium with bubblers etc will still be very different to what the soil will cultivate anyway, letting the natural microbes of a healthy living soil colonise the biochar instead of anything that might compete with them..

It's like getting worms from your wormery or outside compost pile and chucking them in your soil.. They don't stay there as those species of worms specialise in living in that 3D brew, aka the compost pile or wormery mulch and not soil..
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I mix up some fish emulsion fert according to directions. I fill a mason jar about half full of Biochar and then pour in the fish emulsion. It takes a few weeks to dry out again, but I always have some laying around to build my soil less. I have plant limits so a small quantity is all I need. So far the plants like it and I have had no yellowing.
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I mix up some fish emulsion fert according to directions. I fill a mason jar about half full of Biochar and then pour in the fish emulsion. It takes a few weeks to dry out again, but I always have some laying around to build my soil less. I have plant limits so a small quantity is all I need. So far the plants like it and I have had no yellowing.
sounds good..
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Add the char to your worm bin. It will be biochar when you harvest the castings.
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