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Peter Cundall: organic charcoal good for your greens

"...Last autumn, a friend tried mixing pulverised charcoal into a compost heap so it would absorb most of the nutrients released by the decomposing organic matter. He presented me [Peter Cundall] with a large bucketful of this moist, jet-black, sweet-smelling bio-char.I tried it by dropping a tight fistful beneath each of a dozen brassica, silverbeet and winter lettuce seedlings, plus some garlic cloves I planted in April last year. The results have been almost unbelievable. I’ve never before grown such remarkably rich-green and healthy crops during winter. The flavour, too, was brilliant...." (read full article at: )

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