interrupting pathogenic bacterial signalling too.
John Polk wrote:
It is just as possible that it also can interrupt the signalling of beneficial microbe as well.
What worked well in tropical soils, is not necessarily good for those of us in temperate soils.
Biochar does upset the natural life cycles in soils. Beneficial in some cases, harmful in others.
nancy sutton wrote:Just want to put this info into the mix.... most biochar info warns against using 'bbq briquettes', however, Trader Joe's are advertised in their Frequent Flyer, as "harvested from sustainably grown hardwoods, with no additives except cornstarch as a binder, and so innocuous that the ash can be used in the garden". Plus, the price is pertty good :)
Seems to me that this might be converted to biochar with the addition of organic nutrients (urine, etc)... and the exposure John practices... leave outdoors in black pots to incorporate clean rainwater, bugs, floaters, etc. I'm also assuming that crushing, as much as possible, to reduce particle size, would be helpful.... or not necessary?
John, have you seen any result from the biochar in your soil? Where are you located ?...hoping for a northern area :)