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    This thread is going to be controversial thats for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potstubsdustbins View Post
    This thread is going to be controversial thats for sure.

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    I'm sure it won't. The Vine is financed by people advertising so people will be keen on getting the advice of the experts in their field, I'm sure.

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    I am sure all our Experts will be more than happy to answer any questions- no matter how in depth they are ( including their personal surveys).
    After all- they are Experts in their fields!

    We are a well educated load of Grapes on this forum and I'm sure they will rise to the challenge of what we consider pertinent questions
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    Hello. ..... A number of professional growers recommend using our peat-free biochar seed compost as a result of experiencing excellent germination rates.
    Hi Carbon Gold. I'm quite new to this forum and don't really know yet what the accepted balance is between giving 'impartial/expert' advice and steering people towards a particular range of products, however good. The above looks a little like the latter. I've always thought it's a tricky line for an expert to tread, as it risks losing some degree of integrity/credibility. Without wishing to be too nosy, are you a soil scientist working for 'carbon gold'?
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    Personally I like to mix up my own. This year it will contain some sieved MPC, some home grown chicken manure, a bit of grit, some moisture retentive crystals and some soil from the garden.

    I'm not keen particularily on the composition of most MPC's as they are very woody, if I wanted bark I'd buy bark!!

    Every year the mix varies dependant on what I have to hand, I built a seed tray so I could mix up a small batch at a time, I try to keep the mix similar but it does vary a little dependant on the plants needs, a bit more grit and no crystals if the seeds don't like to be left wet.

    I have seen your adverts in the magazine, but thought it would contain some ash biproduct, being named Biochar?, what's in the name?
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    I used biochar last year, as I participated in a crowd-funding scheme for Oxford Biochar. Not sure if they're anything to do with our expert. However, i read a lot of their material before joining in, and environmentally it seemed like a good thing. Results for me, although not a proper scientific experiment, were that things grew better in the compost I'd mixed the biochar into than in the same compost without it.

    Like Mikey, I prefer to mix my own compost, so I wouldn't buy it pre-mixed. I just mixed the pure biochar in with at a rate of a few handfuls to half a tub-trug of compost.
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