Monthly Archives:December 2011

The Weekly Roundup: Tea, DIY biochar oven, and what 11 tons of ‘char looks like

Hello, everyone. Here is a roundup of this week’s biochar-related news.

The study is still in its early stages, but tea plantations in Sri Lanka treated with biochar are showing an increased amount of organic matter in the soil. A higher degree of microbial activity was also recorded in soil treated with biochar. This is good news for a country like Sri Lanka, who depends on their tea exports as a major source of income. Here’s hoping they continue finding benefits in using biochar treated tea plantations. You can read the article here. Be sure to follow @diacarbon on twitter.

Ever wonder what 11.5 tons of biochar looks like? Here ya go. The hefty delivery was made to the Sonoma Biochar Initiative in support of upcoming vineyard and farm field trials. That’s a lot of ‘char.

Your homework assignment this week: create your very own home-made biochar oven. This crafty link comes courtesy of the de facto king-of-DIY websites, Indesctrutables. (An easier option would be to purchase SoilReef of course!)

Thanks for reading, and we hope everyone out there has a safe and joyful holiday season.