Originally posted by purplemer
reply to post by beezzer
I live on a rocky pennisula surrounded by moorland and sea on three sides. Soil here is nearly no existent. I learned that different plants thrive better in different soils. So I made heavy soils for my brassicas for example. I did this by mixing peat dust from the moors with sheep poop and seeweed. Topped with my homemade compost.
Things like garlic beds I done really light, I collected soil from the Machair beaches. Which is a compostite of shell and a light soil and added rich seaweed compost and charcoal. These where underlayed with about 8 inches of crushed shell from the beach
I am atm making a bed around the back. In this bed I want to add my own home made biochar. Making biochar is like making charcoal but different. This is a technique first used in the rainforest. It helps with the slow release of nutirents into the soil, helps retain water in times of drought, adds air to the soil and locks carbon into the ground. It is a relatively new technqiue in the west and still in its experimental stages.