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    Default Getting your seeds off to the best start this year

    Hello. Excited to be posting our first thread on this forum! Just wondering what you folk will be planting your seeds in this growing season to give them the best start? And if anyone can share any top tips?

    A seed compost with a fine texture that holds lots of moisture and allows good drainage is very important. A number of professional growers recommend using our peat-free biochar seed compost as a result of experiencing excellent germination rates.

    Planting in compost that has been kept undercover and frost-free can also help with germination - so good to store your compost inside or in your greenhouse if you're lucky enough to have one!

    With hopes for more sunshine and less rain then 2012!
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    Carbon Gold's aim is to support and promote sustainable food production and improved food security through biochar products and related projects. Biochar naturally improves soil structure, enhances soil fertility and boosts soil health whilst sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide for hundreds of years.

    Carbon Gold have also developed a range of kilns for low cost biochar production. www.carbongold.com

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    As many seeds can be germinated in kitchen paper, I think the question should be more focused to planting on seedlings. In answer to your question though, I sow my seeds in seived MPC with added vermiculite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon Gold View Post
    Hello. Excited to be posting our first thread on this forum! Just wondering what you folk will be planting your seeds in this growing season to give them the best start? And if anyone can share any top tips?

    A seed compost with a fine texture that holds lots of moisture and allows good drainage is very important. A number of professional growers recommend using our peat-free biochar seed compost as a result of experiencing excellent germination rates.

    Planting in compost that has been kept undercover and frost-free can also help with germination - so good to store your compost inside or in your greenhouse if you're lucky enough to have one!

    With hopes for more sunshine and less rain then 2012!
    so it's nice to see the blurb but one question

    what's the forum members discount............

    well someone had to ask as its a posted advert..........
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    No discount, but I expect we'll all have a big bag of it in the post so we can trial it and join in an informed discussion. Sorry it's 1st February not 1st April!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    As many seeds can be germinated in kitchen paper, I think the question should be more focused to planting on seedlings. In answer to your question though, I sow my seeds in seived MPC with added vermiculite.
    I too use MPC, and certainly won't be buying this advertiser's products.

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    ** we're about to make an announcement folks!

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    .........Ooooh, the suspense.........hurry up, I have seeds to sow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon Gold View Post
    Hello. Excited to be posting our first thread on this forum! Just wondering what you folk will be planting your seeds in this growing season to give them the best start? And if anyone can share any top tips?

    your the expert so you tell us your top tips, this is a forum and has hundreds of posts already containing excellent tried and tested tips
    PLEASE USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION... HA HA


    A seed compost with a fine texture that holds lots of moisture and allows good drainage is very important. A number of professional growers recommend using our peat-free biochar seed compost as a result of experiencing excellent germination rates.

    who are your professional growers? and whats the trade price as this seed compost is expensive and so is the all purpose. Coir is cheap as chips and so is charcoal so the price needs to be justified with proof of results.

    Planting in compost that has been kept undercover and frost-free can also help with germination - so good to store your compost inside or in your greenhouse if you're lucky enough to have one!

    Noobs :P

    With hopes for more sunshine and less rain then 2012!

    the trial results document on the website is nothing but pure sales crap, it contains no solid information from any professional sources imo and its even written like a sales brochure.
    http://www.carbongold.com/userfiles/...hts%202012.pdf

    * 67% of triallists said they needed less water, 16% saw no difference, and 16% said they needed to water more.
    † Carbon Gold Seed Compost came 2nd out of 10 medias trialled, and was top of the peat free medias trialled, composts with GroChar as part of recipe also came 2nd and 3rd in emergence time trials.
    63% quoted GroChar range as giving as good as or better results.

    So we know 37% found it rubbish, whats the breakdown of that 63%? as the top results have been diluted with average results im gonna say its a low amount found it much better so maybe 3%

    Was there a test of straight coir against biochar enriched coir? and what were the results?

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