February gardening tip

If you are fortunate enough to have a backyard garden, one of the best things you can do is check to see what shape your soil is in prior to planting in the spring. You can collect soil samples for a test any time of year when the ground is not frozen, so pick a warm day. A test to check soil pH and nutrient levels should be performed every three years or so. Then you will know how much organic matter you can add for the most productive vegetables. If you’re gardening in a new space for the first time, it’s also important that you check your soil to ensure it is not contaminated with lead or other heavy metals. The Utah State University Extension offers this test for a fee. Call them for more information, 801-468-3170, or visit http://www.usual.usu.edu/about/faq/index.html

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