This year I have finally taken the step to go peat-free. I know some of you will sigh and wonder what has taken me so long. I completely understand that this is an important thing to do and that using peat based products is not sustainable. I also know many people who swear by peat free products. Over the last few years I have tried several different types of peat free composts to differing levels of success from the very successful to the sitting and weeping over my dead plants. I am keen to find alternatives that work for me and so when asked to trial these Carbon Gold biochar products I quickly said yes.
I have to be transparent and state that I have not paid for these products. My words and opinions remain my own, no one has paid me to write this review nor has anyone else approved its content.
Let's start with what is biochar. It is an organic peat-free growing medium that resembles fine charcoal and is created by the method called prolysis. Pyrolysis is when organic matter is decomposed at extreme temperature in an oxygen-free environment. It can be used in a variety of different ways and Carbon Gold offer a range of products including Carbon Gold Seed Compost and Carbon Gold All Purpose Compost. Whilst I have found several peat-free composts to be really good, getting a good peat free seed compost has been more of a challenge. Let's just say I have fried the roots off a few seeds at the point of germination. So this was probably the compost I was most interested to trial.
As said above the compost is a charcoal like product which means it is quite finely gritty in appearance. This means it drains well and gives the roots the ability to develop healthily.