In Los Angeles, planting edibles in the ground can be a bit precarious. A fabulous L.A.-based blog, Homegrown Evolution, has done all the heavy lifting when it comes to whether to plant the green beans, tomatoes, and all the other goodies above ground, or in the ground. As the Homegrown Evolution blog points out, most counties provide this service, just not LA. The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences does it cheaply – $9-13 for a standard test.
Check out their post here and remember to test your soil before you plant your winter veggies!