Adam Oaktree wrote:
Im planning on making a bokashi mix, then adding bio char and soluble mycorhizzals.
Is it ok to mix these all together. And at what stages should i do this?
My idea is that a small well inoculated spread of bio-char will help hold nutrients that'll I wish to deposit for many years to come. If I work a piece of land and invest in trace minerals.. all 88 of them. Then I'd like to tell a client these will stay around for a long time to come.
They get their monies worth. From reading your posts there are some concerns.. which.. concern me slightly. What i've read that makes sense is that, biochar that is not already living with life and nutrients actually leeches those things from the soil initially.
I'd like to know if these tests are done with whole biochar or not. I was using whole until i saw a youtube video by Jagannath.
The first trial worked well for holding minerals, and was biologically active within 4 weeks. The second trial worked but not as quickly as the debraded trial, it was installed and after 4 weeks, mineral and other nutrient holding was at a level 75% of the first trial results, however, at 12 weeks both test plots were equal.
This is year three for this experiment and both plots are showing equal results, mineral retention is 5 times higher than the non treated test plot. N, P, K, Mg, Mn, are all also holding at the 5x level over the non treated plot.
Bryant, thanks for the update. I have read a great deal on biochar and was going to build a retort, but I have been hesitant as it is a tool that appears to be poorly understood. I have a clay-predominant soil with poor CEC, and it seems that is an appropriate use of it.