Sweet, Sour, or Bitter
When it comes to cooking some people can just start throwing things together and end up with a delicious meal, never once having to measure anything or follow a recipe. I have been told that I tend to be this way. But I have found out when it comes to gardening things aren’t quite that simple. Sometimes I have fantastic luck in the garden, sometimes not so. One thing I haven’t tried in the past as I prepare to plant the garden, and probably should have, is to have the soil in the garden tested. As most Master Gardeners will tell you a soil test can be extremely beneficial for your garden crop. Your local Extension agent should be able to help connect you with a soil testing facility. You’ll then find out whether your garden soil needs phosphorus or potassium. Plus, you can ask for micronutrients because the pH levels of the soil is very important when it comes to a garden’s success. The testing agency will be able to make recommendations for your garden that will save you a lot of guess work over the long growing season. So before you get started planting, find out whether your garden soil is sweet, sour, or bitter. If you don’t, you may just be passing up the chance to have the healthiest and most productive garden on the block.