Garden preparation should involve soil testing, says agricultural extension

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Spring is just around the corner and many gardeners have green thumbs that may be itching to get in the dirt.

There are some important preparatory steps to follow before you start planting tomatoes and cucumbers.

David Richmond, agricultural extension officer at West Virginia University, says that before you start plowing your garden, it’s important to have your soil tested. The test is free through the WVU extension service and usually takes 2-3 weeks to get results. But Richmond says that’s not the only thing you need to be ready for this year.

“You know, coming out of the pandemic, there are seed shortages, so you need to locate seed sources if you’re going to start plants, maybe in a small greenhouse,” Richmond said.

David Richmond, agricultural extension officer at West Virginia University

Richmond says it’s also a good idea to check all your garden equipment. He says that although we have seen warm days this month, it is not quite planting season yet and frosts are still possible later in the season. He recommends not putting anything in the ground until mid-May.

You can contact a WVU extension office for questions about soil tests, crops, and even troubleshooting issues with your garden.

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