Several weeks ago I collected soil for a soil test. Unfortunately, I just got it dried out this week so it will not be done in time for this year's planting. We are expecting rain for the next week starting tonight or tomorrow and so I spent yesterday preparing my soil for planting.
Now is the time to add any amendments to your soil that you need... fertilizer, organic matter, lime, acid, etc. For example, even without a soil test I can tell you that my soil has a very high clay content. To compensate for this, every year I incorporate as much compost and organic matter as I can. The organic matter helps to soften the soil and holds plant accessible water. This year my compost hasn't broke down as much as I would like and so I decided to contact my cousin who has a horse stable to see what he had for composted manure. He was more than happy to fill my trailer for me from a pile he thought was about 5 years old! :)
|topped by 2 inches 'compost'|
|tilling in the 'compost'|
Happy Gardening! :D