After Greg Montgomery telling me about biochar earlier in the year, and after seeing Chad Gehweiller of WI weigh a 1882 last weekend and his 12 year old son put up a 1700 pounder using the biochar based product, I contacted Green Gro about their products availability in Canada.
Turns out they're a small company,and I talked to Mark who runs it. He would love to get into Canada and is willing to do so with some good pricing incentives if we had enough of an order for a skid. They have a few products on their site here: http://www.thegreengro.com/products/
A quick run-down is here: Earthshine Biochar blend
is a fast and easy way to boost the performance of new soil, reuse your old soil, and improve the effectiveness of compost teas and Mycorrhizae products. Biochar and its use in amending soil is an age old Native American technique that has been around for over a thousand years. It is based upon the observation that after a forest fire occurs the surrounding vegetative growth is tremendously more robust then areas that were not affected by the fires. The fire creates rich deposits of carbon in the soil and this increases soil fertility and encourages microbial activity. Ingredients: Biochar, worm castings, humic acid, soybean protein meal, and glacial rockGreenGro Ultrafine Myco Blend
GreenGro Ultrafine is a soluble blend of Mycorrhizae, beneficial bacteria, kelp and humic. This highly effective and easy to use all-in-one product will dramatically improve the health and vigor of your root systems.
And there's two different fertilizers with micro nutrients that I may try. You can see on the link above.
I grow in about 3000 feet and Mark says I would need a 50 pound bag of Earthshine Biochar for best coverage. For a ball park price he said it would be about $120 (retails for $180) plus freight cost which could be worked out on the skid size. They have the wettable mychorrizae as well as the granular which he said he could sell the granular for less than the $8-$9 a pound that was offered from RTI and Mykes in the Spring bulk sale. Products could be combined for a skid size order.
I just wanted to get it out there at weigh-off time in case people want to talk about it in groups. If we don't get the order together I'm probably going to try at least enough for one plot and see if I can get the results that the others guys have gotten as a test. But, I just thought that with the bulk GVGO amendment sale minimized this coming spring, it would be an opportunity to get a few things that are sometimes hard to find on this side of the border.
If any of you main GVGO guys want to take it from here, I have all the contact info. There's a lot of smoke and mirror products, but I must admit I was intrigued with what Chad did in Wisconsin this year. He lost one to a split Day 57, 437 OTT. Here's his diary if you want to follow the story: http://www.bigpumpkins.com/Diary/DiaryViewOne.asp?eid=226839