Excited to get your hands dirty this spring? Ready to grow your own food in that little plot behind the building? Great! Read this article from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens before you start, though.

It’s always a good idea to test your soil, particularly if you are gardening in a new site. It’s the best way to learn what nutrients are in your soil and what you need to add to grow healthy plants. In urban areas, soil testing is especially important because toxic metals like lead may have contaminated the soil.

Don’t get discourage, raised beds are always an option.

For more tips and testing centers go to the article from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.


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