Biochar and Agriculture
We have 6 M's to describe the specific role biochar can play in agriculture.
Simply using biochar dry on its own is not a silver bullet for anything though- it's a fantastic team player so you need to understand it's intended use.
The first M of making supercharging biochar is making you need to make the biochar. Our biochar is micronised so it becomes a moisturiser when whetted down. When inoculated with compost teas or other soil amendments, it mineralises and provides a stable home for living microbes due mainly to the high surface area and sponge-like quality of the char. The final element we use in preparing biochar for use is maturation- something we discovered by accident and is now adopted by many others.
A maturation period of soaking the biochar in aerated, microbial teas allows beneficial bacteria to colonise inside the biochar so when it's dug in at root level it has everything to offer plants and works perfectly.
This 5m system fits perfectly when planting out as a homesteader or a large-scale farmer.
If you have a thousand acres and are using a seating drill to push seeds underground, you would add some biochar with that seed, so that the seed has a whole host of things available to it immediately- moisture, minerals, microbes.
If you're working with a tractor and fertiliser spreader you can add biochar with any of your applications so it becomes more of a slow-release agent.
If you're doing trees that have shallow roots then you need to spread the biochar right out around the root zone. You wouldn't necessarily dig it in, but instead put mulch on top of that.
If you are tilling soil before planting, putting biochar into with the soil will provide all the 5M benefits to retain moisture, minerals and microbes.
As a seedling mix, we recommend the fine grade so you can mix it in with existing seedling starter.