Today we took two samples of soil from our SPIN beds and from our raised beds. We will send this in to a lab to learn more about what is in the soil and where we may need amendments. We used a soil probe to collect the sample. Since we waited so long, we had to take the sample in a few inches of snow, but the ground is still moist and not yet frozen. It has only recently dipped down below 20 degrees for consecutive nights and blanketed in snow for the same period of time. I guess it would have been slightly easier had we performed the test earlier in the year or even late last year.
This year we are sending our samples to Midwest Labs in NE. In the past we have used UMASS Extension. The tests from Midwest Labs seem to offer more comprehensive data, so we will see what the results look like and make decisions about any amendments needed.