Photo by Melody

Soil and Composting: Charcoal in my soil

Communities > Forums > Soil and Composting
bookmark
Forum: Soil and CompostingReplies: 6, Views: 106
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2010
7:55 AM

Post #7819433

We moved here 3 years ago and the 20x30 garden was in place, this year as I was transplanting my tomatoes, using a post hold digger to get them deep into the ground, I found charcoal bits about 2 feet down.
I've read they are good for the soil but am surprised they are so far down.
The first one foot of soil is dark , (in the back ground) below the soil is red clay but has these charcoal bits, (marked with the white stake) I'm happy but don't understand why they are so far down ? Can not find any in the upper level ? Dwight
Pic next post

This message was edited May 23, 2010 9:59 AM
rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2010
7:57 AM

Post #7819439

Here's the pic

Thumbnail by rentman
Click the image for an enlarged view.

PuddlePirate
North Ridgeville, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2010
3:28 PM

Post #7820605

Maybe a wooden structure burned down on that spot a long time ago?
rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 24, 2010
2:16 AM

Post #7821796

Maybe so

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 15, 2010
5:40 AM

Post #7889989

That;s interesting. An archaeologist could probably guess. But a structure, or an old fireplace from native people? I wonder how long it takes for a foot of new soil to form on top of that.
rentman
Frankfort, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
10:57 AM

Post #7890778

I have been working my garden since May and have found it through the soil, not just 2' down.
Have read about the Amazon gardeners using charcoal to enrich their soil, many years ago.
Charcoal holds nutrients that can be used over a long time.
Today it's called biochar...check it out here on DG and the net.
It was just another plus I received when we bought this home.

Dwight
PuddlePirate
North Ridgeville, OH
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2010
2:52 PM

Post #7891392

rentman wrote:I have been working my garden since May and have found it through the soil, not just 2' down. Have read about the Amazon gardeners using charcoal to enrich their soil, many years ago. Charcoal holds nutrients that can be used over a long time. Today it's called biochar...check it out here on DG and the net. It was just another plus I received when we bought this home.


Here ya go: http://davesgarden.com/tools/tags/tag.php?tag=biochar

You cannot post until you register, login and subscribe.


Other Soil and Composting Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Clay poppysue 16 Oct 21, 2013 3:56 PM
Free compost, myth or truth JaiMarye 14 Oct 27, 2010 6:58 AM
Who Bakes Dirt 76summerwind 29 Apr 4, 2008 6:22 PM
sterilizing options tiG 22 Mar 29, 2008 7:47 PM
Soil & Fertilizer: Compost Tea SoCal 119 Mar 5, 2008 11:18 PM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America