What You Can Do Now To Get Your Garden Ready For Planting Season


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT/TV ) As local farmers are gearing up for the planting season, home gardeners can also start getting ready.

With spring right around the corner, locals are looking to get their gardens ready for the planting season.

And even with snow on the ground, there still are a few things you can do to get ready early.

"This is a perfect time of the season to really evaluate what you're going to want out of your garden. The first thing people need to do is say... do I want food? Do I want color? Do I want to make salsa?... what is it you want from your garden, and then start planning from there. This is a good time to put it on paper, sketch it all out. It's easier to fix it with an eraser then with a shovel." Said Jennifer Moss from Moss Greenhouses.

Along with selecting a proper location and deciding your layout, there are also a few technical aspects you can take care of now.

"As soon as that ground gets unthawed enough you can go out and take some soil samples from your garden spots and from your perennial beds. That would be great if you could mix that all together and take a soil sample into one of the soil labs in the area, and get that soil tested". Said University of Idaho Extension Office Horticulturist, Tony McCannon.

For a minimal fee any of the local area agriculture laboratories will test your soil.

If your budget is tight, you can ask for a specific test that will pin point the four basic elements needed for a good garden.

"The main thing you want to test for is PH, maybe nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus... and then organic matter. If you can get those basic things figured out you'll really have a head start on this year's growth." Said McCannon

If you would like to find a reputable soil testing company, you can contact the Twin Falls University of Idaho Extension Office at 734 – 9590

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