Who we are…..
We have recognized that there is a strong movement towards home gardening. This movement isn’t growing just because it’s the “latest trend and everybody’s doing it.” Instead, people know that things just aren’t the way they used to be:
- Food costs are going up and wage increases are not keeping up. High unemployment might be the new norm. We are now at a point where more and more people are gardening in order to keep food costs contained.
- Thanks to the internet, people are becoming more aware of the long-term effects of eating unhealthy foods. And even some “healthy” foods are known to absorb unhealthy pesticides, herbicides and other “icides.”
- For those of us that are gardeners, many are now waking up to the fact that all of the NPK fertilizers and pesticides are health hazards to us, our water supply and to the soil biology that God put in place so we wouldn’t have to use chemicals.
With this movement comes the need for meaningful information gathered in a manner that everyone from the beginner gardener to the advanced gardener can understand and appreciate. We encourage you to subscribe to Michigan Biochar so we can keep you ahead of new information we release from time to time.
Last of all, you may ask, “What is Biochar” and what does it have to do with gardening? To us, Biochar is not well known in the gardening community, kind of like a hidden gem. Biochar is the most overlooked soil amendment there is. Its capability to vastly improve plant growth is well documented by many sources, including Michigan Biochar.
What is Biochar?
Biochar is charcoal, a very special type of charcoal. It can serve many purposes but is best known as an all-natural soil amendment for gardening. But this isn’t just your typical soil amendment. Biochar has been known to be the catalyst for drastically enhancing plant growth.
For example, here at Back to Basic Living farm, studies performed in 2011 revealed:
- Corn planted with Biochar grew 28% taller than corn planted without Biochar.
- Sunflowers planted with Biochar grew 32% taller than sunflowers grown without Biochar. These same sunflower plants also had a 156% larger flower diameter!
You can see the results on our video page as well as in the 9/5/2011 blog post “Biochar Test Results – Sunflowers and Corn.
Join us as we explore the benefits of organic home gardening and how Biochar can turn a good garden into a great garden!