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New article on bio-char

topic posted Thu, March 22, 2012 - 12:42 PM by  jezabel1961
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jezabel1961
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  • When I was a kid, before summer planting, my grandparents would have a huge get together and everyone would have an old broom, standing around the huge garden area. Then, grandpa would walk around with some kind of fire maker - can't even remember what it looked like, quess I was too excided about the actual fire. Anyhow, all the grass, twigs, anything burnable in the area, would be lit, little by little until the whole area was burning here and there. Of course our job was to make sure the flames didn't excape from the burning area. It was great fun. Killed the bad germs and added charcoal to the ground. Well, maybe not much, but it WAS a lot of fun. Charcoal is great stuff. That's about all of my experience with "bio-char"
    • I never heard of it until I joined these groups. When I was growing up, we had an acre garden (not including the nut and fruit trees). We had a huge compost pile that great grandpa tilled into the ground every spring. Now that I think about it,it's not suprising we didn't use bio-char.....fires in southern california would've been frowned upon.
      • gramps burned off the last years growth every spring
        dad did the same and so do i, if i can...lol
        falls leaves and grass clippings are stored in the garden for the spring burn
        and get lit after the spring raking with any leaves twigs and the sawdust from cutting wood all winter
        they all burn real nice
  • my friend Wil posted this in 2009 and there was much discussion on tribe then amongst the organic gardening people

    people.tribe.net/wil/blog/...2ede04085d
    • we were taught this method when we moved here and had to clear 5 acres of land , We still do every two times a year but also when the goat hut needs to be cleaned out, then the hedges are cut down and added. We normally tie cut small branches and bark into small bundles with the old used string for the hay, when it's dried it makes great fire starter for our wood burning stoves in the winter.

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