Terra preta irish style, it wasn't just going on in the Amazon and maybe some scientist that have an interest in biochar should start looking nearer to home (both here and in Europe) to see how the hills and slopes of mountains in their countries and along the west of Ireland were farmed using the practice of 'Pairing and Burning' the evidence is still there both from a distance as improved lands surrounded by heather land and in the ground as fragments of charcoal. Gerard Madden in his book 'Sliabh Aughty Ramble' also mentions how the heathery land of the Aughty mountains was dug, dried and burned and applied back on the land as a fertilizer.
Be aware that a lot of Charcoal sold in Ireland comes from this end of the world. You decided if this smells sustainable !
Just spotted this Baby Red Squirrel last evening checking out this years supply of seasoned dry hardwood .
Good to see that they are still breeding in this area.
to see how you can help our Red Squirrels.
The University of Limerick biochar trials continue on 2 crops (Radish and Lettuce), 3 soil types and 3 biochars.
Its looking like this will be one of our wettest summers in many years.(june already is the wettest summer on record). One of the consequences of all this heavy rain is water logged soils and leaching of nutrients, which results in poorer growth.
Biochar can alleviate these two issues by improving drainage and slow down the rate of leaching.
Check Ed Revill an organic grower to see what he has to say about Biochar. Also check the link below to get an insight to the world of biochar production whilst you cook and heat water.
Biochar plus now available through the Seed Savers web site.
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE ! Photo taken 28 April 2012
We now have biochar in stock and we are currently carrying out trials. As you can see from the pictures below there are some differences between the different trays.As the weeks pass we will post new photos.