Getting soil ready for Fall
I recently decided to undertake the task of creating a beautiful garden with all of my fiance's favorite flowers, but as the planting time is not until Fall for most of these(Peonies, Orchids, Lilys, Hydrangeas), I was advised to start working up my soil, and planting some basic annuals, such as Cosmos, marigolds, dahlias, etc.
My question is, where do I begin with my soil? What equipment would I need to test it, what type of compost or fertilizer will I need to get it ready for the fall, etc.
I am completely new to this, and am going to be diving in pretty heavily, so I could definitely use some starting advice to point me in the right direction.