Added by on 2018-07-12

John from visits the home of Michael Wittman, CEO of Blue Sky Biochar in Southern California to get all your biochar questions answered. In this episode, John will take you on a tour of Michael’s backyard to show you how he is growing food, reusing natures resources, making his own biochar, cultivating the best compost, adding fertility to his soil, and much, much more. You will learn about many ways how Michael is leaving a lighter footprint on the planet and making the world a better place by reusing instead of recycling. You will discover if biochar is all that is cracked up to be, why it doesn’t work, how you can best use biochar to create better compost, the specific mechanisms on how biochar actually works to improve soil tilth, what is wood vinegar which is a biochar by-product, and much, much more. Jump to the following parts of the episode: 02:42 Backyard tour Starts 04:20 Benefits of a Wood Chipper & Rain Water Collection 07:23 Growing Food in a Satelite Dish 09:23 How to apply Biochar to Your Lawn 10:20 Simple Biochar Kiln 11:20 BioCharlie – Easy Way to Make Biochar with any Fire 12:24 Cook You Food and Make Biochar at the Same Time 13:30 Best Fuel for Making Biochar 14:32 Best Way to Add Biochar to Your Garden 17:06 How to Make Compost Fast 18:18 How to Make Your Compost Better with Biochar 21:16 Growing Fruit Trees in Containers 24:22 Interview with Michael Starts 24:51 How did you get interested in Biochar? 25:36 What is the main benefit of BioChar? 27:37 Can someone buy Charcoal briquettes for Biochar? 28:16 Does the feedstock used to make biochar important? 29:13 How is Biochar made in a Commercial Process? 32:40 What is the easiest and safest make biochar […]

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  • Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens 6 months ago

    This is a valuable episode. Many valuable things I learn and share. Be sure to watch the whole episode, including the interview at the end.

    Learn more about Blue Sky Biochar at
    Be sure to use coupon code
    for a 20% off discount and
    Get a free wood vinegar sample if you spend over $100

  • TOM GRAY 6 months ago

    I'm not sure. how can i compost/activate my char,but still keep it separate and clean…? i just last night, dug a pit and burned all apple wood.once it was all coals (no more fire),i hosed it down and left it,now its raining today. what difference would it make if i pulverized the char chunks into a powder. would it help to soak the char in compost/worm tea.? shit,i just remembered john doesn't reply to comments…no time. oh well,if anyone else can answer my questions i would certainly appreciate it.

  • TOM GRAY 6 months ago

    lawns are Awesome. my lawn is my grass clipping factory.

  • Shih Tzus Rule 6 months ago

    activated charcoal is a treatment for an overdose if it is caught early enough. It ties up and binds the substance in the stomach and doesn't allow for the absorption. a french chemist discovered it in the 1800s and took arsenic and the charcoal at the same time.

  • MrKevMan 6 months ago

    Burning fuel for the sole purpose of a soil amendment is such a waste and a pollutant. If you are going to burn, at least use the heat for something.
    Same with the raising fish just to be used as fertilizer. How does a vegan justify that!

  • Cheveau Korbelle 6 months ago

    The discount myth is bullshit when you videos are never publishe in a timely manner! -ChazinNJ

  • Andrew Brent 6 months ago

    If the compost pile temperature is not above ambient does not necessarily mean that it isn't good. Temperature depends on the pile's decomposition stage. At around 120F it looks like the pile is in the middle period and slowly going down prior to stabilizing.

  • Costeno Salao 6 months ago

    The wood vinegar part sounds dubious.

  • John Bladykas 6 months ago

    What was the brand of wood chipper he uses

  • Demetrious Manthous 6 months ago

    Why not use clinoptilolite, which has a very high CEC and affinity to ammonium ions also on your compost pile?

  • Enrique Calero 6 months ago

    Best video ever!!

  • Truelove 6 months ago

    think about how after a forest fire , everything grows! same thing …… Native Americans used to burn their land before putting in a garden.. they knew the benefits of Biochar

  • bseant420 6 months ago

    Is it possible to use sawdust to make biochar?

  • SmoothChino 6 months ago

    I like your videos. But your titles are more are more click-bait type. It is making me not click on your videos as much anymore.

  • PickledPoacher 6 months ago

    The data in the video is deeply flawed.

  • PickledPoacher 6 months ago

    There is a wide and fairly well understood study that shows adding biochar with microbes is not ideal. The structure of char disrupts the communication systems of many microbes this preventing effective organisation, and has been seen to slow Nitrification and so Denytrification, in a similar way to a-piene. Adding char with Mycorrhizas terminates the primers of both. So it cancels the drought protection offered by either alone. When you combine char with Mycorrhizas, the mycelium explode with growth. In short trials, this has been seen to draw Nitrogen away from our target crops and so has had negative impacts on plant growth rates.
    Char is useful but people really need to understand where and when to use it.
    Never add char with Mycorrhizas, you are wasting your time and money and harming your outcomes. You can find videos to support this comment here on youtube by searching Mycorrhizas and the Carbon connection

  • DrValerie800 6 months ago

    John, as usual, another very interesting video; thanks! Gotta say something about the whole "carbon footprint" thing though. The whole "global warming/reduce carbon footprint" thing is all BS; the real "inconvenient truth" is that Gore is an idiot. There is NO science to support the contention that humans are causing increased carbon dioxide levels (the so-called science supporting such nonsense has been proven to be completely fraudulent). Plus, increased CO2 levels are actually good for the planet because that increases plant growth, which leads to increased food and bio-resources. I am in agreement with the reuse/recycle/repurpose movement though, because I am totally against pollution and waste…but it has nothing to do with "global warming", which is really all about taxing us for merely being alive and breathing. While there IS a planetary warming happening, it is happening in exactly the same amount on all of the other planets in our system and is a natural occurrence that has to do with our position in the galaxy.

  • Curtis Rock 6 months ago

    Good stuff. Michael, what is a good gauge of sheetmetal to use to create the large flat-side kon-tiki style kiln?

  • Ryan buck 6 months ago

    Would the airing work for a gardn as well as a compost?

  • americanwillow 6 months ago

    Checking his phone messages during the interview? WTF?!?!?!

  • Courtney Miles 6 months ago

    Wonderful and informative video! Thank you for sharing. I will be definitely be saving for future use. Much love and happy gardening from Crossett, AR!

  • Louisiana Gardening Family 6 months ago

    Today's as good a day as any to get a little more watch time:)

  • Excellent video. Very educational. Saving up for cattle panels next year.

  • Natalie Argo 6 months ago

    As always, love your videos. I'm curious what your filming set up is?!

  • James Couch 6 months ago

    Check your local facebook exchanges and craigslist for gates and fencing material…you can find some bargains. We fenced and cross fenced 200 acres and saved a ton of money. Also the local dial-a-trade and magazines.

  • James Couch 6 months ago

    Great video! Thanks for sharing. You are obviously a great gardener.

  • Urban Wood Nymph 6 months ago

    great video thanks~! Im going to get vertical!!!

  • Chris Tina 6 months ago

    ❤️ very good information ty

  • UncleDutchFarms 6 months ago

    I love the cattle panel trellis – I only have one arch and one laid on it's side, but I wish I could get some more. Need a truck though! I suspect transportation is one of the hardest parts of working with cattle panels. You've inspired me though, I have to say… maybe next year I'll see if I can't borrow a truck to go get a bunch more. I'm doing an expansion on the garden so might as well, right? I do agree it is much more beautiful growing things on an arched trellis like that rather than standard "sprawl all over" like you'd have with most gardens.

  • Dr Frankenmonster 6 months ago

    This is great. I'm currently working with a 16×8 balcony for my growing as we live in an efficiency apartment, and I've just added some twine horizontally to the balcony rails to help support our tomatoes. I've been thinking about finding ways to save space and this gave me some ideas, thanks.

  • pat smith 6 months ago

    Hello my name is Patricia Smith I am from Mobile Alabama . I have a
    question are you going to do a perennial garden growing some of these vegetables here like artichokes rhubarb asparagus walking onion clumping onions Stevia

  • Mats van hullebusch 6 months ago

    Are you thinking about expending your garden for next year.

  • Garden love 6 months ago

    Hi, great video! I defiantly want to do this in my garden. My videos are on how to maximize your space and growing in containers for lack of space. I have room for 2 of these arch trellis. My QUESTION: what 3 plants do you recommend to maximize production of such limited space. I hope to hear from you have a blesses day..

  • Frost Hollow Farm 6 months ago

    Great video! My local Tractor Supply stores, here in Oklahoma, usually have damaged cattle panels that may be bent some and when they do you can get them for 50% off which makes them about $10 each.

  • Margaret D 6 months ago

    What do you do to keep squirrels and birds from eating your garden? Do you put some kind of cover on your plants?

  • Whippoorwill Holler 6 months ago

    After growing a truck patch garden all my life, I'm older now, vertical garden works for me, and I live the beautiful, and I still get enough produce to put up, I plant now for beauty too, but not fancy, I make, and buy things at fleamarkets, your garden is so pretty. God Bless.

  • Shweta Mujumdar 6 months ago

    Thank you so much for all the information you've provided in this video, I watch your videos all the eay from India, I'm going to start a homstead soon and will aplly all the suggestions I took from your video….thanks a lot dear!!

  • Chris Hansen 6 months ago

    how much are the cattle panel fence? best if u got monster tomato plants… helps to have the land for all that tho. i think wood in a teepee style is nice.

  • KristenGibson_CanadianGirl 6 months ago

    Great video! I'm glad to see you're making videos more often! Any new kids born??