For a long time I have been fascinated with terra preta - the endlessly fertile anthropogenic soil of the Amazon. I have been collecting data on it for a long time and am now attempting to recreate it in my own garden.
If this kind of land-hacking appeals to you, you will love my new video showing the creation of a terra preta bed:
Will it work? The centuries will tell!
I added everything I knew about that was in the original terra preta, including yellow clay, food scraps, bones, seaweed, biochar and even pottery shards... what a lot of work! But I'll bet it's worth it.
What do you guys think?