How does biochar work to improve, or even decontaminate, soil?

Biochar – as the name implies – is made from formerly living substances. Source materials can be plant materials like leaves, stems, and woody tissue. Biochar can also be made from manure, or even biosolids (the solids left after wastewater treatment). Biochar is the material left over after burning one (or more) of the above … Continue reading How does biochar work to improve, or even decontaminate, soil?

What is the soil microbiome?

Have you heard of the gut microbiome? Or do you take probiotics? And did you know that the common antibiotic, Streptomycin, was discovered in the soil? The soil is home to the world's greatest biodiversity. That biodiversity includes insects that live in the soil–like ants and nematodes. It includes the world's largest terrestrial organism–a fungi … Continue reading What is the soil microbiome?