Now that we have experienced the first frost of the season, and the growing season for most garden and home landscape plants has come to an end, we as gardeners tend to start thinking about things we will do differently in the garden next year. We think about growing plants that we have never grown before. We think about how we can keep insects, diseases and wildlife at bay next summer. And we think about how we might increase our yields of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and other ornamentals.
If you want to increase yields in your garden next summer, then one of the most important things that a gardener should think about this fall, particularly the vegetable gardener, is the nutrient and pH levels of the soil. We tend to think about