Good morning, everyone. This week’s update is going to be a bit different than what you’ve become used to. First, I didn’t think you’d want to see a rehash of my suffering garden. (If you missed the monthly pictures, see How My Garden Grows in August, Part 1 and Part 2.) Second, I had some decisions to make about my garden (based on how poorly it has done this year), and I wanted to share that with you. Garden decisions!
Whether you decide to plant directly into your ground or in raised beds, you will need to test your soil to be sure it has the correct pH and enough nutrients to support your plants. Soil testing is recommended at least annually, but if you have problems with your soil, you may wish to test more often. (I test twice a year.) There are two ways to do this. You can have your soil professionally tested or you can test it yourself with a home soil test kit. But wait, there’s more!