Organic Biochar with Inoculant Powder
Adding biochar to your potting mix will help your plants grow bigger and stronger with less resources all while helping to combat climate change.
100% organic and natural. No chemicals or toxins. Professionally tested. European Biochar Certificate Approved
What is biochar?
Biochar is the name given to a special type of high temperature charcoal that is mixed into compost to provide compelling, long term benefits to soil health. Biochar is extremely porous making it excellent at retaining water and nutrients. Its pores become an apartment building for microbes, allowing them to prosper in a symbiotic relationship with plants.
What does it do?
- Boost plant productivity and increase harvests
- Increased water and feed retention, allowing you to use less
- Boosts beneficial microbe population
- Improved drainage and aeration
- Creates better soil structure
- Put it in compost bin to speed up composting time
- Reduces odour of kitchen compost bin
How is it made?
Grain husks, fruit pulp and wood shavings are heated to 600 ° C in a carbon negative system without air and then extinguished with water. By turning waste materials into biochar we are intercepting carbon which otherwise would be released through the decomposition or incineration of the waste biomass. The process of making biochar turns the carbon into a solid crystalline structure, which when added to soil, remains safely stored for hundreds to thousands of years. This is why the IPCC and Project Drawdown refer to biochar as a nature based carbon sink, expected to prevent 2.2-4.4 billion tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere by 2050.
In the box:
- Organic Biochar
- Nutrient & Microbe Powder
How much do I need?
Biochar works best when added to soil at a rate of 10-20% by volume.
- 15 litres of biochar is enough to try out with 150 litres of compost
- 25 litres of biochar is enough for 250 litres of compost
- Bulk biochar is most economical for large projects (get in touch here)
The ratio between litres and kilograms for biochar depends on the moisture content, as the more moisture in the biochar the heavier it becomes. Our biochar has a moisture content compliant with the European Biochar Certificate. The weight to volume ratio is 0.2 kilograms to 1 litre of biochar.
How much CO2 am I saving?
You are preventing CO2 from entering the atmosphere, thank you for contributing towards our carbon negative mission!
- 15 litres of biochar prevents ~ 9 kg of CO2 from entering the atmosphere
- 25 litres of biochar prevents ~ 15 kg of CO2 from entering the atmosphere
Here are some ways to use your Biochar:
The fast way. Inside your box is a small pouch. This is a blend of beneficial bacteria and fungi as well as a little bit of seaweed and humic acid. Following the instructions, add the powder to water and mix. Then soak your Biochar in this liquid for a few minutes. Now you can mix this at a rate of 10% in volume to your potting mix.
Biochar is a battery so you have to charge it before you use it. If you were to add it ‘raw’ then it would steal nutrients from your plants for the first few months and then once it is charged it will start to give it back.
Alternative fast ways. We have had great success soaking the Biochar in a compost tea. To do this all you need to do is take finished compost and mix it with some water. Then add your Biochar to this mix to let the liquid compost soak in. If you are feeling fancy you can add a bit of sugar and oxygenate the compost tea for 12/24 hours before adding the Biochar. This will increase the populations of the beneficial microbes. You can also just use liquid seaweed to soak the Biochar in, or any other diluted organic liquid feed.
2 week method. An easy way to charge your Biochar is to mix it at a rate of 10% to finished compost. Over about a 2 week period the nutrients and microbes will enter into the Biochar.
AddToCompost method. This is probably my favourite. Hopefully you compost your kitchen vegetable waste. If so, you probably dislike emptying your kitchen caddy into your garden compost bin due to the unpleasant smell and liquid. Have no fear Biochar is here! Every time you add waste to your kitchen compost bin, also add some Biochar. This will absorb most of the unpleasant smell as well as absorb the liquid. We have a small tub of Biochar next to our food-waste bin to make this simple.
Hurrah your composting experience has got a lot more pleasant. But wait there’s more… This is called Co-Composting. When you add Biochar into the composting process from the start it dramatically increases the quality of the finished compost. Your compost will reach higher temperatures in shorter times as the microbes find refuge inside the pores of the Biochar causing them to multiply. More microbes mean faster composting! It also absorbs methane emissions making your compost produce less greenhouse gas.