The Importance of Soil Carbon for Healthy Plants
Spring is surely coming and no doubt you are already looking at seed catalogues and planning your gardening activities for the coming growing season. If you don’t mind me asking… What are your favourite seeds? Hit reply and tell me what you plan to grow this year. I am interested and as a thank you for reaching out to me I will send you a coupon for 50% off on your next BioChar order. Now on to our topic about soil carbon…
As I mentioned in our first newsletter, biochar plays an important role for soils that have lost organic carbon. Biochar also helps to maintain the organic carbon at a healthy level between additions of compost. In this newsletter I am sharing three informative links that I think will greatly add to your understanding of soil carbon: a BBC podcast, a vimeo video, and a PDF that provides further information about the benefits of biochar composting and related research references – currently a hot topic in the biochar field. Continue reading to view these items…
- This BBC podcast features soil experts speaking about the importance of paying attention to soil carbon for plant productivity, health, and the nutrition value of garden produce. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08g5531 (27 min.)
- This second link takes you to a video called “Soil Carbon Cowboys” which formed much of my thinking on this topic and is referred to in the preceding BBC podcast: https://vimeo.com/80518559 (12 min.)
- Last of all, this document generated by the IBI highlights how using biochar in making compost is a very recent research topic that is gaining momentum at universities and agricultural institutions around the globe: http://www.biochar-international.org/sites/default/files/Compost_biochar_IBI_final.pdf (5 p.)
Watch for our next newsletter to learn more about how any soil type can be improved for healthy plant growth. Topics relating to healthy soil microbial ecosystems, soil organic carbon, composting, compost teas, mulching, and more will be discussed. Each newsletter will include information about current research relating to soil health along with open access webinars, videos, and podcasts.
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