Biochar & Charcoal

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I also make bamboo charcoal but in a trench.

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Here is a video of the uncovering.
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That's a nice technique Eric and pretty easy to follow directions, I didn't realise you were an artist as well :D

Can you do it without the frame for the totan or would it buckle with the soil on top ?

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Zasso Nouka wrote:Can you do it without the frame for the totan or would it buckle with the soil on top ?
I don't know for sure. But to be on the safe side, you might want to lay some support across the grave trench to hold the roofing tin up. A length of rebar or an old metal garden stake that buckled.
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Zasso Nouka wrote:I didn't realise you were an artist as well :D
Well, not many people do. :lol:
Recently the wife found a book called "Zentangles" and we are all hooked. The kids turned off the TV to draw with us! There are quite a few videos on Youtube about it.
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nice video.
Nothing like some good old child labour. :D
Also, at first I thought you were a martian. Then I realised you were wearing a hat.

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Eric in Japan wrote:I don't know for sure. But to be on the safe side, you might want to lay some support across the grave trench to hold the roofing tin up. A length of rebar or an old metal garden stake that buckled.
I've got a load of angle iron that was left over from a mega solar project that I could lay across a shallow grave sorry trench :lol:

May I ask Eric, have you had cause to dig a lot of shallow trenches recently ? Is there something you're not telling us ? :lol:

Seriously though great method and really easy to follow instructions, how is the charcoal this method produces ? Is it soft or hard charcoal ?

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Zasso Nouka wrote: Is it soft or hard charcoal ?
Depends on the bamboo you use. It makes a decent hard Moso bamboo charcoal, but pretty soft madake. I haven't tried yachiku yet, but I imagine it would be soft.
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Do you normally add some kind of fertiliser to your biochar when mixing it into the soil Eric ? We usually mix in either matured cow manure or composted chicken manure so that the biochar can absorb some of the nutrients for slow release later.

For anyone that is interested it goes something like this. Lay down your biochar where it is to be used
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And cover with your favourite manure/compost/fertiliser, in this case composted chicken manure from our local home centre.
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If you can be bothered spray with a hose and leave for a day or two or if it's going to rain within the next few days skip the hosing. Then turn into your soil.

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I tend to just put a layer of charcoal, a layer of manure (goat or cow in my case), and top it with mulch. Over winter and spring, the worms mix it up.
At least that is the theory I have been operating under. I sure had some tall weeds in that part of the garden this year :doh:
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Well if your weeds are genki then it must being doing something good for the soil :lol: