BLACK BEAR BIOCHAR
WHAT IS BIOCHAR?
Biochar is a soil amendment which has been used to improve agricultural productivity since the time of Pre-Columbian Amazonians. Biochar is a solid form of highly concentrated organic carbon. By first inoculating the biochar with nutrients, micro-organisms and moisture from quality compost and then adding it to your garden bed, you will improve soil health and provide nourishment for plants.
The cell structure of biochar provides storage units for the inoculants which the plant’s roots can access when required. Biochar is also a form of atmospheric carbon sequestration due to its very stable nature. Studies have shown that biochar remains stable in the ground for thousands of years.
HOW IS BIOCHAR MADE?
Black Bear Biochar is made with 100% wood from forest residuals. Our process exposes wood to a high temperature – low oxygen environment which drives off volatiles and creates a pure biobased carbon or biochar.
1. BENEFITS of adding inoculated biochar to your soil
Increases moisture and nutrient retention
Increases soil aeration and soil pliability
Promotes soil health
Reduces chemical fertilizer requirements
Provides long-term atmospheric carbon sequestration
2. HOW TO INOCULATE or charge biochar with nutrients, moisture and micro-organisms
Biochar can be inoculated by simply mixing it into your compost at a 1:1 ratio. Let the biochar charge for at least 14 days before adding the mixture to your soil.
3. HOW TO BLEND inoculated biochar into your soil
Once the biochar has been inoculated, it is ready to be blended into your soil. Add a 2cm - 10cm layer of biochar on top of your garden bed in the spring and work it into the soil to a depth of 20cm. We recommend a 10cm layer for poor soil.
4. BENEFITS of mixing biochar and compost
Mixing biochar and compost provides benefits to both. Your compost will inoculate the biochar and make it ready for your soil. However, the biochar will have the following positive effects on your compost:
Accelerates decomposition by increasing microbial activity
Reduces odor and
Reduces nutrient and moisture losses
PURCHASING BLACK BEAR BIOCHAR....all the different options
Whether you require a small amount for a few planters, a larger amount for a backyard garden or tonnes of biochar for a commercial operation - we have what you need. Choose from a variety of packaging options and particle sizes offered below. Once you know what you need, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and shipping options.
Our Black Bear Biochar is available in the following package sizes:
7 Litre and 70 Litre bags
Mini bulk bags or
Loose by the truckload
All our biochar is screened and sorted into 3 different particle size ranges. We recommend the 2-mm and 2-6mm particle size for gardening applications. The largest size, 6+mm, is recommended for water filtration and soil reclamation applications. The photo below, compares the 3 different biochar particle sizes to a nickel to provide a visual size reference.
Composition of our Biochar
All our Black Bear Biochar particle sizes meet these carbon and ash specifications:
Our biochar has a pH level of 9.4.
For every 1 kg of biochar worked into your garden you offset 13 km of automobile travel on average†.