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Tony Callaghan
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Just added 5-part series of blogs covering hundreds of possible uses of biochar (a type of a charcoal and activated carbon). Have a look and appreciate shares/likes
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What is Biochar - have a read through our new website and blog at /http://www.soilfixer.co.uk/biochar-article
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DOES EACH SMALL PIECE OF HOME COMPOSTING POSITIVELY BENEFIT THE ENVIRONMENT AND PLANET EARTH?
YES

To understand how and why, you need to look closer at the role of soil (dirt) and its critical role in mankind’s survival. This 30 min Radio 4, ‘Shared Planet’ broadcast hosted by Monty Don has a good overview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03cmt4t/Shared_Planet_Soil_Science/

When you add compost to soil you add “organic matter”. This organic matter is vital to soil fertility and carbon sequestration.

Think of it as a pyramid of stacked blocks, at the top:

Humans require food, therefore

We need plants and animals to eat

Animals need plants to eat

Plants need soil to grow (+water and sunlight)

Plant growth is determined by soil fertility 

Soil fertility is a based on complex interactions of nutrients, water, air pores and soil compounds such as humus

Soil micro-organisms  (bacteria, fungi, worms etc) manage soil fertility (eg the release nutrients to plants)

Soil micro-organisms require organic matter (food) to survive

You need to ensure soil organic matter is replenished.  If not, soils degrade and eventually they stop being productive and the pyramid collapses.

The HOTBIN team has blogged on the impact compost has on soil fertility. We try and focus the debate away from what compost looks like and onto how much humeric substances your compost contains.

- See more at: http://hotbincompostingblog.com/does-home-composting-benefit-the-planet/#sthash.Ne4Ct26r.dpuf
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Grow Your Own magazine readers voted HOTBIN the best compost bin last year - to be nominated again this year in two categories is fantastic. If you have five minutes please follow the link and vote for HOTBIN.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D8YKHC2
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Test your knowledge of what will make a difference
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