Skip reference guides if you want to try a method that farmers have used to determine when to start working a field. These two methods focus on the dryness of the spring soil.
- Pick up a handful of soil and see if you can roll it into a ball between the palms of your hands. If you successfully create a soil ball, then the soil is too moist for planting. If the soil falls apart, then the soil is ready for planting.
- Take a step into the garden and then step back. Look at your foot print in the soil. If the foot print is shiny, then the soil is too moist. If the foot print is not shiny but rather dull looking, then the soil is ready for planting.