Around the Abbey

Burning the Prairie

Last Friday we burned our natural prairie.  This is done to get rid of weeds and invasive plants,to put nutrients back into the soil and to promote germination of prairie flowers.  They tend to have hard seeds and the heat helps them to open for germination.   Several sisters helped to contain the fire.  It was a windy day so the fire was started into the wind so it wouldn’t burn too fast and get out of control, The sisters stood at the edges of the fire to put out any fire that was straying onto the path or side of the road.  It took about an hour and a half to finish the burning.