Biochar Trial at St. Kevins Secondary School, Wicklow

Biochar Trial at St. Kevins Secondary School, Wicklow

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 | Poster under Blog, Events, News

On a sunny March 22nd we set up a gardening project in St Kevin’s Secondary School, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow. 16 enthusiatstic students from 1st to transition year (organised by teacher Geraldine Cleary) helped us set it up. As well as the experience itself there is a scientific agenda behind the planting.  Two of the four raised beds have been planted with biochar to observe its potential in the improving soil quality and plant health and yield. Biochar is a soil enhancer and carbon mitigation charcoal type substance that acts as a home for microbes adding to the nutrition of the soil and the planted crops. RealEyes wrote a scientific protocol for the experiment but the care of the plants will be mostly in the hands of the students.  We’ll check back every now and then to make sure the integrity of the trial in maintained.  Each of the four beds is looked after by a plot leader and three other students. Plots one and two have potatoes, spinach and peas planted and plots three and four have carrots, radishes and leeks. Two plots act as experiment controls while the two others have been treated with biochar. This is Ireland’s first biochar in schools project and we are looking forward to seeing the results and of course tasting the lovely, organic veg. For more information contact john@realeyes.ie or call 087-753-3039.

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Dietrich

June 11, 2012 @ 3:47 am

It’s my understanding that if you don’t inoculate the biochar with nutrients first, the biochar will first act like a sponge and reduce the available nutrients. It’s awesome to see kids involved!