They may not look like much right now, but what you see in this photograph are three of my new carbon sequestration units. At Irregular Times we’ve written before that “There is no such thing as a commercially viable system of carbon capture and sequestration,” but when it comes to non-commercial carbon capture and sequestration, such systems have been around for years – hundreds of millions of years. They’re called trees.
The crabapple won’t provide us fruit that’s usable for humans, but that’s okay, because I’ll be planting it right next to the street, where the soil is not so trustworthy. Still, the variety I chose has small fruits that can be eaten by birds, as well as flowers that will help to keep local pollinators busy in the springtime.
The cherry and apple trees I chose were of the standard variety – which actually means that they’re not the typical choice. Dwarf trees are the new normal when it comes to fruit. People pick them because their small size makes all of their fruit easy to grab from the ground. A standard cherry or apple tree will grow to a height of between 20 and 30 feet. That means I will eventually have to climb a ladder to pick fruit, but it also means that the trees will create more fruit. With their larger size, they’ll also shade more ground, and sequester more carbon from the air.
I’ll be planting them today, and erecting defenses around them, to protect them from some carbon-emitting deer that run around my neighborhood, fond of nipping small trees in the bud.