Carbon capture and a robin

It is being said that this winter is quite mild. I’m not sure I agree. There seems to have been a lot more frost and day time temperatures seem lower than I’m used to. Not that I’m complaining.

It’s great to feel the crisp frosty air in the morning. It’s not so great when you are wearing your new wellies and your toes start to go numb. At the same time, the feel good factor after a day’s work at Old Sleningford Farm is hard to beat.

Yesterday, we were in the forest garden cutting down raspberry canes, which we left on the ground to rot in situ. The idea is that the carbon goes into the ground rather than into the atmosphere.

I’m doing similar in my own garden. Whilst some cuttings go into the compost bin, as I do need compost, a lot of dead stems and leaves are staying in and on the ground. This includes strawberry plant leaves and nasturtiums.

I don’t really know if leaving the organic matter where it has been growing helps capture carbon but it should help the soil, not only adding nutrients but protecting it from the elements. It should also give various organisms shelter.

Back to the volunteer workday at Old Sleningford, we had the pleasure of a fearless robin’s company. It spent much of the afternoon hopping round the branches we had laid down and pecking in the soil. I hope he enjoyed the experience as much as we did!


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to Carbon capture and a robin

  1. gaiainaction says:

    Sounds like you are really enjoying your voluntary work Helen. And the Robin too πŸ™‚ I have not heard much about carbon capturing, so that is a bit of education for me, or an alerting anyway!

  2. This had me googling Old Sleningford. Fascinating project. It’s probably colder up there than it is here.

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    Robins are such friendly little birds. I love the way they stay so close to us when we work as though we were turning the soil over just for their benefit!

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