Climate change is THE single biggest threat facing our planet, and we (humanity) hold a unique power to influence the global climate crisis right in our own backyard. That’s right! Our gardens, specifically the soil, can play a crucial role in mitigating the impacts of climate change on our planet.
By understanding and adopting sustainable practices, we can all, individually and as communities, contribute positively to the environment and help combat climate change.
An essential concept to grasp when understanding plants’ involvement in climate change in your garden is carbon sequestration. Carbon sequestration is a natural process by which plants absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and store it as carbon in the soil.
This not only helps mitigate greenhouse gases in our atmosphere but also enriches our garden soils, making your plants healthier and more resilient for future growth. Healthier soils can store more carbon!
Today, carbon is at a deficit in the soil and a surplus in the atmosphere due to human activities which have tipped what was once a balanced cycle. In essence, we are producing more carbon emissions than the planet can absorb into naturally occurring carbon sinks in the oceans and in our soils.
What does this mean for gardeners?
Years of farming utilising excessive amounts of synthetic chemicals has damaged approximately one-third of the world’s soil. This has led to a decline in Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) and Soil Organic Matter (SOM), which are crucial for supporting and nurturing plant life.
Addressing carbon deficiencies in the soil and finding ways to sequester carbon back into the ground through sustainable practices can help restore the balance of carbon in the environment.
Here at Roots, Shoots, & Fruits, our flagship product, Rootella, which contains Mycorrhizal fungi, plays a big role in carbon sequestration!
Mycorrhizae is a group of fungi that form a symbiotic relationship with plant roots and can increase a plant’s root structure by 100 times, allowing the plant to absorb far more nutrients and water. As the plant absorbs CO2, it travels into the soil down to the roots and into the millions of kilometres of mycorrhizal fungal extensions in the ground. These organisms regulate carbon storage and effectively store carbon for many years in the proteins they secrete.
Adding mycorrhizal fungi to your garden, at time of planting or with your seeds, is a super simple way to have a positive impact on your environment, at home and globally!
Shop our Mycorrhizal fungi product, Rootella, and do your part to restore the carbon balance, here.