On April 23 2013 David and I met with Sister Donna Brady, Sister Florence Kennedy, and Brian Ives to look at the site they’d chosen for the new garden.
It is a flat one-acre piece of land between the big dairy barn and the Mother House.
In May I took soil cores with a probe, and dropped them into a bucket. The soil was mixed, and a subsample was taken to Truro for analysis. I was surprised how hard it was to push the soil probe into the ground. This soil will need some work! Here are the results of the soil test.
The goal is to prepare this land for a vibrant and productive garden. Good garden soil should be loose, full of life, and well-drained. We will start by growing cover crops and adding fertility in 2013, and the gardening can begin in 2014.