Benjamin Duggar wrote:I encourage you to activate the biochar. I used urine, compost, and worm castings to inoculate mine and I am pretty amazed at the results thus far. Here are a couple of squash plants I amended with biochar before direct seeding. They are enormous compared to anything I grew last year.
Carl Nystrom wrote:Nice! I just did some quick math, and I came up with also about 400 gallons so far this year; in 2 morning sessions. If you have a lot of brush, which it sounds like you do, you should think about doing it in a pit! Once it gets going, you can just pile brush on basically non-stop. If you make the pit as big as the biggest branch you feel like schlepping, you can basically cut out all the fuel-prep and just pile stuff up to burn when its dry.
I am getting a jump on fire season preparation this year, and cleaning up a bunch of slash I cut over the winter. I am hoping I will be able to make another couple hundred gallons this spring, as the the branches are looking dry enough to burn.
How much biochar are you aiming to add to your soil? I am guessing you are going to skip inoculation and just spread it out? I still need to find a use for all mine; I am currently just looking at it as a carbon-offset for living an irresponsible (if somewhat unavoidable) industrialized lifestyle.
Carl Nystrom wrote: I still need to find a use for all mine;