The soil test is a vital part of what you are trying to achieve. You must have an understanding of what your soil needs to be productive or your garden will never live up to its potential. Some soils need physical amendments to allow for better draining or less compaction. Other soils need nutrient additives to assure they can feed the plants you are growing. These are all important considerations. If you do not test your soil than you are merely guessing.
This article features a test kit and one families use of that kit. These kits are dirt cheap and well worth the money. Year over year you may struggle with small plants and diseases. Have you ever used a soil test kit. Leave your comments below and tell us what you learned.