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agbiochar starts with ...
charcoal has, of itself, no medicinal properties since it is completely inert and indigestible; it is not a medicine and simply acts to bind toxins to itself and pass them out of the system.
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi agbiochar

Why are we talking in here about animal detoxification? This is a gardening forum not a livestock farming info center.

It's better to talk in here about biochars' agricultural application in soil improvement like carbon fertilizer, compost, as a substitue for peat in potting mix, plant protection, compensatory fertilizer for trace elements, how to make 'Terra Preta' (black earth) etc.

Happy Gardening err... livestock farming :-)
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Bangkokii says...
It simply acts to bind toxins to itself and pass them out of the system. This happens also in the soil.

I just used a lot of biochar (from wooddtree's, not from ricehusks cause that's different) and treated it with woodvinegar.

There are recipe's for that online.

So far all my tree's look perfect, even the always badlooking grumichama looks great now.

Also seedlings grow well in pure biochar with very fine structure. Many nurseries start seedlings in it to sell.
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Bangkokii

How do you process your biochar? When i was a kid we used to make biochar out of large tree limbs of trees cut into 1 meter long. Then we use to dig a whole 1-1/2 meter x 1-1/2 meter deep and wide chuck in the cut wood set it alight and when the tree limbs starts to burn we cover it with rice hull so it will burn slowly preventing the wood from disintegrating. After a few days we dig it up and douse it with water and harvest the biochar. Mostly, it was not for horticultural application though but for domestic cooking.

How about you, how do you produce your own biochar? Do you add it to your compost and let it age before applying it to your plants?

Happy Gardening :-)
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Bangkokii says...
I live in BKK with dangerous pollutionlevels lately, so i don't make any fire.
Biochar/woodvinegar/EM is sold at gardencentres here, locals make it upcountry.
They sell different kinds of it and it's cheap.

They make it from ricehusks, coconutfibre, wood..

What is used to grow/sell seedlings is powder of biochar, guess from ricehusks or cocofibre. It's light and has perfect drainage.
i read that if you soak it in woodvinegar mixture the turbo-effect starts, my tree's all do well so i guess it's working.

But i use everything the best so i don't know how much it really helps.





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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Bangkokii

You can do an experiment. Plant at least 6 tomatoes or similar plants. On three of them apply biochar to their soil, the other half just use your normal potting mix. After a few weeks you can observe if there is any difference. A scientist did an experiment with crushed eggshell with tomatoes. He mixed crushed eggshell to a regular potting mix and planted 4 of the tomatoes. The other 4 just with regular potting mix all grown in exactly the same condition except for the eggshell. Plants whose potting mix where eggshell was added grew faster, taller and healthier than the untreated one. When I saw that experiment I began adding crushed eggshell to my potting mix. My plants love it as well.

Happy gardening :-)
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