2. Test Your Soil

You first need to determine the alkalinity or acidity of your soil. Neutral soils more successfully retain some minerals. Though basic home pH test kits are available, a professional test is easier and more effective. Most Cooperative Extension offices offer soil testing for a small fee. Click here to find your nearest office. The office will send you a printout detailing your soil properties, and what additional nutrients may be needed to balance your soil and to create the ideal conditions for certain crops in your spring gardening.