Right about now most of us are gearing up to prep our gardens for planting. Whether its a veggie, herb, or perennial garden (or all three together in a beautiful design), you need to "make the bed" before any of your plants can get in it. This means prep the soil. I am often asked why a garden bed hasn't thrived even though the gardener has made sure the plants are fed and watered, etc. The answer more often than not is that the soil itself needs the TLC. If you haven't already amended your soil, now is the time. So here are a few basic, but very important, things to do before planting.