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Guide to Making and Using Biochar for Gardens in Southern Arizona

Author: 
Artiola, Janick
Wardell, Lois
Publication Date: 
November 2017
Publication Number: 
AZ1752-2017
Pages: 
9 p.
Abstract or Description: 
Biochar is actually just charcoal or black carbon, made from the incomplete combustion of wood or other biomass products. With growing interests in “green” and “carbon-negative” materials, biochar commonly refers to charcoal made from organic wastes such as tree trimmings, scrap wood, and plant material left from agricultural harvests. Like a campfire, wood biomass will burn without any other external fuels or energy. Since burning wood does not add fossil carbon to the atmosphere, burning wood or making biochar is a carbon-negative process.
Language: 
English
Publisher: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Relation: 
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication AZxxxx
Keyword: 
charcoal
black carbon
ash
alkaline soils
soil
compost
Type: 
Text
Subject Category: 
Gardening/Horticulture
Plant Production/Crops