In order to grow plants successfully, you need to know what kind of soil you're working with. The best way to do this is by sending a sample of your soil into a lab for a landscape suitability analysis (LSA). Like a blood test, the LSA tells you a lot about the chemistry of your soil: pH (whether it's acid [technically anything with lots of hydrogen ions and a pH below 7.0] or alkaline [low in hydrogen ions and with a pH above 7.0]), nutrient content, salinity, and a number of other factors.
In some states, the agriculture department or cooperative extension service does soil testing; in other places you have to use a private lab. Take a sample of soil from where the roots will grow; anything between 6 inches and 12 inches deep is usually adequate. Mail it to the lab, and in a week or so you get back a complete readout of your soil and specific treatment recommendations. Ask the lab for organic recommendations rather than chemical ones, since you won't be using chemical fertilizers.
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