Answer: You can prepare the soil any time it is not frozen or very muddy. It's best to do it at least a few weeks ahead of planting to allow it time to settle. The best way to start is to run some basic soil tests and find out what your soil is and is not lacking and work from there. Your county extension (566-0673 or 328-4800) should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results. For vegetables and flowers, it is almost always a good idea to add copious amounts of organic matter such as compost, rotted leaves, aged stable manure and bedding or whatever you can find locally.
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