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Biochar to the Rescue!
A permanent amendment to improve soil and air

Biochar – you may have never heard of it, but in many research circles, and in a few select backyard lots, biochar is the stuff dreams are made of, particularly given our need for better soils, better air, better plants, and better climates. Biochar is a type of charcoal very unlike the grill’s charcoal briquettes, which are a mixture of powdered devolatilized coal, a small portion of raw or carbonized sawdust, and intentional ash additives. Biochar is the result of heating biomass under the exclusion of air – a process known as pyrolysis. Renewable lignin-based resources from nut shells to manures to wood, switchgrass, wheat straw, corn shucks and other green materials, can be the fuel used to create a very stable, very porous carbon rich product that can last hundreds of years. Biochar’s primary use is for soil enrichment, but it can do much more than that.

>> read “Biochar to the Rescue!”       #Environment   #Fertilizing   #Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency
Sustainable Fertilization
Feed the soil, not the plant.

“Feed the soil, not the plant.” I experienced this pivotal epiphany when my husband and I attended Plant Delights Nursery’s class, “The World of Soil.” For the first time I really got it that good dirt is alive, and – this is the really important part – the more alive the dirt, the healthier the plants are in it.

>> read “Sustainable Fertilization”       #Fertilizing   #Permascaping   #Soil
Spring Garden Cleanup Yields Happy, Healthy Plants

As the last significant snow of the season nears, thoughts turn toward getting your ornamental gardens ready for the year.

>> read “Spring Garden Cleanup Yields Happy, Healthy Plants”       #Fertilizing   #Landscaping   #Spring
Turn & Burn | How to use a 3-bin compost system

Along with the increased interest in sustainable living and gardening, composting is also regaining popularity. It’s a great way to manage organic matter while creating a valuable resource at the same time. There are many different methods of composting but the key elements they share are the organic materials that go in them: water, oxygen, and the microorganisms that actually do the decomposing.
My favorite type of composting is the three-bin method. This system works well if you have the room and generates a lot of organic matter.

>> read “Turn & Burn | How to use a 3-bin compost system”       #Fertilizing   #How to   #Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency
What is Lasagna Gardening?

Lasagna gardening is also known as “sheet composting,” “sheet mulching,” or “no-dig garden beds.” This uncomplicated and easy gardening method is appropriate for everyone (including people who may be physically limited or unable to dig traditional garden beds). It’s also a good way to convert grassy areas to gardens without using herbicides or tillers. The sod is left in place, where it gets converted into soil organic matter. The process can be done at any time and at any scale, even piecemeal as materials are available.

>> read “What is Lasagna Gardening?”       #Fertilizing   #How to   #Soil
How to Turn Compost into Liquid Fertilizer

Today I'm going to show you how to take compost that you can generate at home and turn it into a liquid biologically active fertilizer that you can use in your home garden.

All you'll need to do this is a bucket or other large container that will hold water, aquarium pump and an air stone for an oxygen source for our soil microbes. And we'll put that down in the water and let it bubble. We'll also use the oxygen to help dechlorinate the water if you're using city water. We'll put our compost in a mesh laundry bag which will function like a teabag. We'll measure our compost in a plastic measuring cup, and then we'll provide the soil microbes in the compost tea with a carbohydrate source. And for that, we'll use unsulfured molasses.

>> read “How to Turn Compost into Liquid Fertilizer”       #Fertilizing   #Video
Coir competency

Once considered a waste product, coir is now used as mulch, soil conditioner and as a hydroponic growth medium. This organic fiber is an ideal material for worm composers. It is also used to grow mushrooms. It is bacteria free and will deter slugs ...

>> read “Coir competency”       #Fertilizing
 
 
 

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