As I said earlier, I've been preparing my vegetable beds. By that I mean I've been performing soil tests and adding a layer of blended compost and manure to the top of the beds. Burpee makes a really cheap, easy soil test kit. It allows you to test soil pH, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to see if there are any deficiencies. (And no I'm not receiving any kickbacks from Burpee for promoting their product, which would be nice). The tests are very easy to perform and can be done in 10-15 minutes. First you gather soil samples from around the garden bed you are testing. The samples need to be below the surface several inches (where the plants roots would be). You mix the samples together and then take a small amount and put it in the mini test tube.
Then you add the capsules with the test reagents, add a little water (straws make nice pipettes), shake and wait.
So far, the garden is coming along! So what are YOU planting this year?