The Lot: What Can Grow Here?

Last Saturday, at the Easter Egg Hunt in Mary Jane Lee Park, many residents expressed a desire to see a garden, or at least grass growing, on the empty lot at 38-40 Palmer street, directly across from the park.

Digging for Samples

Digging for Samples


In an effort to determine what can grow on this lot, quite literally, the Salem Public Space Project started to dig. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, offers an affordable Soil Test to determine toxins, nutrients, and the growth potential of a lot.

So we dug some samples!

The sample digs

The sample digs

We also decided to test our own garden soil to see what we’re working with at home, and the difference between the garden and lot soil are striking in color and texture.

Soil Samples


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