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The Real Cost of Starting a Year-Round Garden

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-03-11T15:14:17Z

Photograph by Brian Carter

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If you plan to use the soil on your property for a summer garden, test its pH balance by sending it to a local lab. If it’s too acidic, add limestone. You can also add dried and composted organic fertilizer, as well as aged manure. In the winter, with a raised-bed garden, have soil mixed with organic compost delivered to you. Keep in the mind that the with all the planning, equipment, lab tests and nutrient rich soil, costs can add up. You want to avoid growing the proverbial "$100 tomato."

$75: 60 cubic feet of soil mixed with compost delivered locally in Burlington, Vermont --