Garden Basics with Farmer Fred episode podcast “045 Feed Your Soil – The Cool Season Garden Edition” interviews Steven Zien pedologist and soils expert who provides tips on what to do when ripping out your summer garden to make room for the fall vegetable and flower garden. Before you stick one broccoli plant or calendula flower in that space, you need to improve your soil. It’s tired! Discover how to you perk it your soil by increasing the amount of microbial activity that’s taking place in your soil, one of the secrets to a bountiful harvest of fruits, vegetables and flowers. The importance of testing your soil when making soil management decisions using inexpensive test kits, including pH and how to adjust the acidity and alkalinity of your soil are discussed. Steve explains how two tools will help you determine when to irrigate and how much to irrigate for healthy plants.