How to activate biochar
on which current biochar research is based, was made by mixing
charcoal, bones, pottery shards, human waste, and other trash together
in a pit, and recent studies have shown that it's best to mimic this by
adding some sort of high nitrogen fertilizer to your charcoal before
applying it to the garden. Applying biochar to the soil without
adding nitrogen to it first can sometimes stunt your plants for a short
time, a bit like mixing fresh wood chips into the soil, since
microorganisms have to use up nitrogen to break down the carbon.
Adding manure, compost, or urine
to the biochar counteracts that initial
decline in plant growth and may also tempt microorganisms to move into
their biochar condos faster.
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