1. Prepare compostable materials with a good ratio of carbonaceous to nitrogenous materials. This is commonly referred to as the ratio of “browns to greens”, though this is potentially misleading as certain “greens” are actually brown in colour. You can refer to this webpage for a thorough explanation and chart. Chop up any pieces which are excessively large so that the pieces can mix well with the rest of the compost.
2. Portion out enough biochar to constitute 10% of the compostables mixture (by bulk volume)
3. Water the biochar until it is all thoroughly wetted.
4. (Optional but highly recommended.) Mix a quart (100ml) of finished compost with the biochar to seed it with compost microbes
5. Mix the wet biochar with the compostables material, and either load it into the composter or place it into the compost bin or pile. Compost piles can be built out of wire mesh or wooden pallets, or can be simply piles on the ground covered with tarps but the must have a minimum size requirement of 3ft per side (1 meter cube). Smaller piles will likely require an insulated tumbling composter.
6. Aerate the compost twice per week for the first three weeks, and once per week afterwards.