• Salt Spring Soil Activated Biochar

    Sold By: Forest Gardens

    Introducing Salt Spring Soil!

     

    A new source for local, regenerative soil building amendments to help you and your plants grow abundantly.

     

    Biochar is a carbon rich soil amendment made from burning biomass in a low oxygen environment to create charcoal. The charcoal becomes biologically active when it is added to the soil and becomes filled with soil micro-organisms, water and nutrients. Biochar has an immense surface area and complex pore structure (a single gram can have a surface area of over 1000 square yards). When added to your soil as an amendment biochar increases the capacity of your soil to store water, hold onto nutrients, and support a healthy soil food web. Biochar is incredibly stable, and can last in the soil for thousands of years if undisturbed. This sequesters carbon more effectively than any other method currently in practice.

     

    Benefits of Biochar

    • Enhanced crop yields
    • Improved soil texture
    • Improved soil water holding capacity
    • Reduction in nutrient leaching
    • Soil carbon sequestration
    • Healthier soil food web

     

    Application

    Biochar can be added directly to your garden soil, but it is most immediately beneficial if it has been ‘charged’ or ‘activated’ with biological activity first. Our biochar has been activated by mixing it in with high quality vermicompost so it is ready to go straight into the ground. If you are working with your own biochar that needs activating you can do so by adding it to a compost pile, or soaking it in compost tea before applying it to the garden.

    Our biochar can be mixed directly into your soil as a light top dressing or it can be added to plant holes before planting. Make sure to water thoroughly after adding biochar so that the life contained in it stays moist and for water to start soaking into it.

     

    For More Information

    Biochar: Helping Everything from Soil Fertility to Odor Reduction

     

    Biochar will be provided in reusable white plastic containers. Please return containers to localsalt the following week.

    $20.00$100.00
  • Salt Spring Soil Vermicompost

    Sold By: Forest Gardens

    Introducing Salt Spring Soil!

     

    A new source for local, regenerative soil building amendments to help your plants grow abundantly.

     

    Vermicompost is a high quality soil amendment created by red wiggler worms as they break down organic matter.

    Our team of half a million red wigglers eagerly turn fresh produce scraps and sawdust from a local mill into an incredibly high quality soil amendment bursting with beneficial microbial life and balanced, plant available nutrients.

     

    Benefits of vermicompost include:

    • increased nutrient availability
    • less nutrient leaching
    • improved soil texture
    • plant growth hormones and enzymes
    • improved plant growth
    • increased plant health and reduction in disease

     

    Application

    For plants in the ground: gently mix in a sprinkle of vermicompost to the top inch of soil. Water thoroughly after to ensure that the beneficial microbes stay moist and soak deeper into the soil.

    For transplanting or potting new plants: mix in a sprinkle of vermicompost into your potting soil.

     

    More Information

    https://www.ontario.ca/page/vermicasting-or-vermicomposting

     

    Vermicompost will be provided in reusable plastic containers. Please return containers to localsalt the following week.

    $5.00$175.00

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