Perhaps you have noticed that climate change is now the mother of all looming threats. And perhaps, like me, you have had the same thought over and over again during recent years: I don’t think I am doing enough, I don’t think we are doing enough. And deep down, you know this thought is accurate. We should all be reacting more quickly, more comprehensively, and more effectively.
If you have a decent understanding of climate change, you know that the problem is that we have whacked the carbon cycle all out of whack. We have pumped a bunch of ancient carbon into the atmosphere by burning it to heat and cool our spaces, and to run our cars and machines. Most everyone knows we need to stop burning fossil fuels because rising global temperatures are already causing all hell to break loose.
Just quitting fossil fuels sounds hard enough, but that’s not all! So much carbon is already up there that we need to quickly start pulling it back out of the atmosphere and sequestering it somewhere else. Sound difficult? Guess what, it’s not, it’s going to be fun, and it will be truly fruitful!
And that is what this blog is all about – it’s about collectively learning how to sequester carbon in our yards, our town, and our planet.
Sequestering carbon as near to where you sleep at night and as far afield as you can has some wonderful benefits. As soil carbon increases, soil fertility increases. Biodiversity increases. Water becomes more plentiful. Food grows on trees. The birds go nuts, and birdsong is your constant companion. Etcetera!
We have a regular-sized lot here at the house in urban Albuquerque that we have dubbed the Mothership. My husband and I bought the house with my mum, who is in her 80’s, when her heath broke down. The picture accompanying this post is the house before we moved in, January 2020. As you may notice, the landscaping style was “moonscape with tree” in the front yard, and the side yard was “anywhere USA lawn and evergreen shrubs.” The unique back yard was “moonscape with cracked pavement.” It seemed the most recent owners had a strange policy of keeping all carbon out of the soil.
In my next few posts I will be getting a soil carbon test and sharing the experience and the results. I will then do every experiment that I can dream up to increase the soil carbon level, and I will show you the experiments and the results. Everything I recommend that you do will be something I have tried. We can analyze our results together.
Here are my current goals for the Mothership yard project:
- Sequester as much carbon in the soil of my yard as I can
- Share with others what I am doing and the results
- Grow an abundance of food in the newly re-carbonating soil
- Exponentially increase the biodiversity in my yard
- Rely on the rain as much as possible, and the city water as little as possible
- Enjoy the fun, health benefits, and beauty of living in a fruitful, food forest
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