Pelleted ORGANIC Soil Rejuvenator

This COMPLETE formula is made with BIOCHAR.  We believe this is one of the best organic soil amending products on the market to date.  Ingredients include biochar, poultry litter, ancient volcanic rock dust and beneficial microbes.  The biochar is made from 99.5% Missouri hardwoods that are recycled from saw mills.  The benefits of this soil amender are long lasting and are sure to benefit your soil.  Biochar has its most profound effects in sandy soils and acidic soils.  It can help to moderate the ph of your soil, provide a growing hub for all kinds of beneficial microbes and has a high cation exchange capacity.biochar

The most amazing thing about biochar is that it will last in the soil for generations.  This product has been created to give your soil a one-time amendment that will keep paying back for years to come.  Our Dark Roast Amazon Formula will provide the microbes in your soil with the food it needs (trace minerals) and the environment to thrive (biochar).  Biochar is also said to improve water retention and helps plant growth rates by helping plants uptake nutrients more efficiently. 

Another AMAZING benefit of biochar is that it works as a soil remediate.  If you are working with soil that has had chemical herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers used in the past, biochar will actually help to lock up these chemicals and keep them from getting into your produce.    

One major problem with biochar products on the market today is that they are very dusty and messy.  Some people choose to spread the biochar while it is still in lump form.  This helps with the dust issue, but is not as effective of a soil amender because the biochar takes A LOT longer to break down in the soil. 

Another way people tackle the dust issue is to wet the biochar down with water before spreading.  This ends up creating a slurry mess that can stain any clothing it touches.  Having the biochar micronized (ground up) is best for the soil but a pain to handle.  Some studies report up to a 30% loss of product to the wind when ground up into a powder form. 

One of the signature qualities about our specific biochar product is that it is pelleted!  We have found that pelleting the biochar solves all of these problems of effective and efficient handling.  Our pelleted form spreads with very little dust or wind loss.  Also it can be spread in a dry form which makes it lighter to carry.  When it is watered into the soil it quickly breaks down into a powder!  This one feature makes our product stand out in today’s market. 

Another common problem with biochar products is that biochar has to be blended with a fertilizer or compost to be really effective.  We have done the blending for you in our pelleted form!  We do however recommend getting a soil test done to understand how much NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium) your soils needs.  If you end up needing more macro nutrients in your soil you can simply blend our All Purpose Pelleted Fertilizer with our Organic Soil Rejuvenator at the desired ratio and spread them together.

Application Rates:

Vegetable and Flower Gardens:

1 gallon per 100 linear foot of row annually for 5 years

or a one time application at 5% of grow medium (4-6 inches deep) 

Lawns and Parks:

1 gallon per 1000 square feet annually for 5 years

Potted Plants:

1/2 cup per gallon of grow medium

 

Here is a link with A LOT of information about biochar and studies that have been done on biochar.  Not every biochar is equal so please do not expect every biochar product to produce the same results as ours.

http://www.biochar-international.org/sites/default/files/biochar_in_soils.pdf 

Here is another link to a study done in Australia in 2007 that shows the benefits of biochar blended with nitrogen and added to potted radishes.  The greatest improvement was found in pots where nitrogen fertilizer and biochar were added together.  There was a 266% increase in yields with a blend of fertilizer and biochar.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237079599_Agronomic_Values_of_Green_Waste_Biochar_as_a_Soil_Amendment

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Here is an article from National Geographic about the discovery of terra preta soils and the link to biochar.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/09/soil/mann-text/7

“Wim Sombroek learned about soil as a child, during thehongerwinter—the Dutch wartime famine of 1944-45, in which 20,000 or more people died. His family survived on the harvest from a minute plot of plaggen soil: land enriched by generations of careful fertilization. If his ancestors hadn’t taken care of their land, he once told me, the whole family might have died.

In the 1950s, early in his career as a soil scientist, Sombroek journeyed to Amazonia. To his amazement, he found pockets of rich, fertile soil. Every Ecology 101 student knows that Amazonian rain forest soils are fragile and impoverished. If farmers cut down the canopy of trees overhead to clear cropland, they expose the earth to the pummeling rain and sun, which quickly wash away its small store of minerals and nutrients and bake what remains into something resembling brick—a “wet desert,” as these ruined areas are sometimes called. The certainty of wrecking the land, environmentalists argue, makes large-scale agriculture impossible in the tropics. Nevertheless, scattered along the Amazon River, Sombroek discovered big patches of (black Indian earth). As lush and dark as the plaggen of his childhood, it formed a rich base for agriculture in a land where it was not supposed to exist. Naturally, Sombroek paid attention. His 1966 book, Amazon Soils, included the first sustained study of terra preta.

Later Sombroek worked across the globe, eventually becoming director of ISRIC and secretary general of the International Society of Soil Science (now International Union of Soil Sciences), positions he used to convene the first ever world survey of human-induced soil degradation. All the while he never forgot the strange black earth in Brazil. Most restoration programs, like those in China and the Sahel, try to restore degraded soil to its previous condition. But in much of the tropics, its natural state is marginal—one reason so many tropical countries are poor. Sombroek came to believe that terra preta might show scientists how to make land richer than it ever had been, and thus help the world’s most impoverished nations feed themselves.

Sombroek will never see his dream fulfilled—he died in 2003. But he helped to assemble a multinational research collaboration to investigate the origin and function of terra preta. Among its members is Eduardo Göes Neves, a University of São Paulo archaeologist whom I visited not long ago at a papaya plantation about a thousand miles up the Amazon, across the river from the city of Manaus. Beneath the trees was the unmistakable spoor of archaeological investigation: precisely squared off trenches, some of them seven feet deep. In the pits the terra preta, blacker than the blackest coffee, extended from the surface down as much as six feet. Top to bottom, the soil was filled with broken pre-Columbian pottery. It was as if the river’s first inhabitants had thrown a huge, rowdy frat party, smashing every plate in sight, then buried the evidence.

Terra preta is found only where people lived, which means that it is an artificial, human-made soil, dating from before the arrival of Europeans. Neves and his colleagues have been trying to find out how the Amazon’s peoples made it, and why. The soil is rich in vital minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, zinc, and manganese, which are scarce in most tropical soils. But its most striking ingredient is charcoal—vast quantities of it, the source of terra preta’s color. Neves isn’t sure whether Indians had stirred the charcoal into the soil deliberately, if they had done it accidentally while disposing of household trash, or even if the terra preta created by charcoal initially had been used for farming. Ultimately, though, it became a resource that could sustain entire settlements; indeed, Neves said, a thousand years ago two Indian groups may have gone to war over control of this terra preta.”