Regenerative Agriculture & Carbon Sequestration

Science and research are fundamental to how gardeners make decisions for their gardens and the community. Sometimes the words and phrases used are a lot to comprehend. Consider carbon sequestration as an example. Not everyone has heard of it, but it is a crucial concept for soil health.

What’s Carbon Sequestration?

In a nutshell, carbon sequestration refers to the process of adding valuable carbon to the soil to enrich it and make the soil more resilient to floods and droughts. Carbon sequestration is a part of regenerative gardening, which is the practice of gardening that heals the soil and land. Our land is in dire need of regeneration, and home gardeners can help with this process by implementing different practices in their gardens.

Root Decomposition

Do you know how at the end of a gardening season, you take out all your dead plants? This year, leave some roots by simply cutting the top of the plant, tossing it in the compost pile, and leaving the roots to decompose in the soil. This helps to develop a healthy soil structure and texture that retains moisture and is less labor-intensive.


Biochar is a fine-grained charcoal that can be added to your soil to improve water retention, increase microbial diversity, and sequester carbon. All of which lead to healthier soils and stronger plant growth.

Garden Livestock

Many of us have small urban farms that house livestock. Although small numbers of cows, goats, and sheep are increasingly popular on urban lots, the question remains: how can we manage grazing so that soil does not suffer? By using holistic grazing plans, you can consider the needs of both the plants and the livestock involved.

Bare Soil Coverage

Barren soil can lead to erosion that causes soil to compact. It is best to avoid bare soil in your garden by using cover crops and sheet composting to protect vulnerable soil.


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