This week I read through most of Soul of Soil, learning a lot of new things to enrich my Tabula Rasa head.
Looking at the texture of the soil sample I took from the “Holy Trinity” cemetery, after mixing it with borax and water in class,
I compared it to charts that I found online and got to the conclusion that it is probably loam soil.
According to some sources online, is the ideal soil type.
It contains a balance of all three soil materials—silt, sand and clay—plus humus.
It has a higher pH and calcium levels because of its previous organic matter content.
Loam is dark in color and is mealy—soft, dry and crumbly—in your hands.
It has a tight hold on water and plant food but it drains well,
and air moves freely between soil particles down to the roots.
Iv’e been wondering about cemeteries as a place for growing vegetables. It seemed to me that the soil would have a lot of nutrients and that it could be an interesting way in which the dead can continue to exist in some way with us. I started snooping around and asking people about the idea and even sent out a questionnaire:
An interesting fact I didn’t take into account was that in the US the burial method is different and uses embalming liquids. This adds toxins to the soil and by that making it not that good for growing vegetables. The way we bury people in Israel doesn’t poison the soil and it made more sense to me when I thought it’s the same here.
I would still be interested in exploring this idea of a cemetery as a vegetable garden and would love any feedback.