Hey, Folks, it’s time to get our garden ready for spring planting. Whether flower or vegetable garden, it is very important to prepare our soil. Our soil is like our bodies. It needs the proper nutrients to function at its best. The soil needs to be raked to loosen it even if your garden was left in pristine condition in the fall. After all, our soil is our most important garden tool.
Adequate soil preparation will go a long way toward ensuring the success of your garden. The obvious first step is to get your soil tested. In most counties of most states, the Cooperative Extension Office, an educational arm of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, will test the soil for a nominal fee. The Extension Office usually has a kit with instructions as to how to gather your soil. The results will tell you the type of soil you have, the pH, and the status of the major nutrients or levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The perfect soil is called “loam.” It will hold moisture for a fair amount of time but will drain quickly enough so it does not remain soggy.