What is 4X Biochar?
4X Biochar is similar to ash left after wildfires. Wildfires are a natural way of sequestering carbon as well as providing a carbon filter over the soil. This layer of carbon will continue to capture and filter nutrients from the air, soil, rain, and wildlife, for hundreds of years. This filtering process makes nutrients more readily available for plants, soil microbes, and mycelium, preventing nutrient runoff into water sources. (Somewhat like a charcoal aquarium filter.) Over millions of years, this wildfire biochar would have become a necessary part of the soil, that is missing in soils today.
You may have observed this phenomenon around your fire pit or burn barrels, where the plants seem to grow better. This is the same phenomenon that is behind the technology in 4X Biochar. By placing a small amount of a specially made biochar on or in soils we can create super soils with amazing growth over large areas to grow our foods and medicines. It is easy for me to imagine early man returning to a previous camp and seeing a lush garden where their fire pit was. And how they may have adopted this biochar into their gardens.
Biochar has a negative charge that acts like a magnet to positively charge elements, pulling them into its vast internal structure, locking them in place preventing their loss to air and water. It has a 70% storage capacity and a surface area of 300 to 800 square meters per gram. Soil carbons are the number one way to capture nitrogen in your soil and a great way to capture phosphorus. Biochar can also assist in filtering toxins from soils, lakes, and streams, the appearance of your property, the nutrition of crops and the potency of medicines. To understand how biochar can filter toxins, think of a charcoal aquarium filter. Biochar can work in a similar way by absorbing pollutants and nutrients out of soil and water.
Why is Biochar Important?
For millions of year microbes and mycelium have used biochar found in the soils, as homes. More like glass cities, complete with lights, water, and storage lockers full of food. Plants store up to 60% of their energy as carbon in the soil for its seeds to use for energy. So adding biochar to soils provides a place to hold the plants for energy this will dramatically increase the microbes and mycelium in your soils. It has been recorded that one pound of biochar alone can sequester up to another 3 pounds of additional carbon. Soil carbon is at a historic low due to suppression of wildfires, and soils over-use. But we can simply add biochar to soils, or what simulates what wildfires might leave behind as they did in the past when wildfires were left unchecked. This will dramatically increase the microbes and mycelium in your soil and the value of our land. It has also been stated that an acre of soil could hold tens of thousands of pounds of microbes and mycelium that work to feed your crops.
4XBiochar was created to aid in the effort of slowing climate change. It is our belief that Biochar is the leading way to do this. In a search for the many ways to use Biochar and get everyone involved, it’s been discovered that you can imprint the earth with amazing designs with Biochar. Anyone can make Biochar art my simply pouring Biochar on the soil. Plants will grow better and outcompete their neighbors, giving rise to the design you made in the soil. Take a friend to a park, or a favorite spot, and make a memory circle with Biochar. Put your business name across your land, or make a maze in your lawn. Give everyone at your family gatherings a bag of Biochar and make family lawn circles, knowing that it will be there for hundreds of years and that you are helping to slow climate change!
I topped the clones as soon as they took root and I laced the well-rooted clones in 12-gallon totes with a gallon of charged biochar mixed into a common potting mix I was first amazed the plants immediately spat out with new growth everywhere and I joked the plant has a plan. I chose to super crop the plants and so I bent all these branches out like spider legs when the plants were about twelve inches tall. The plants loved it and immediately turned their bubs up to the lights and grew into bushes with nodes every two inches with several hundred buds on every plant. I had so many that I had to top the plants second-time picking the top three buds down every branch. I let the other buds fully develop for a second cutting; something I know is done with hay crops and seemed to work well.
I am not a great grower with a lot of experience so all the help that Biochar brought was very welcomed. I only needed to water every two and a half days. I so welcomed the days of not having to water! I would check the soil, and the top would be dry, but moving a slight bit of soil would reveal a very moist inner soil. So the biochar seemed to keep the moisture held in the soil. Having the top of the soil dry but the deeper soil moist helps in preventing bugs and mold. Water and nutrients that may have been leaking from a pot without Biochar now are held in place for plants to use.