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I wouldn't worry too much about it. Its more relevant if lets say you were dead set on growing specific plants like rhododendrons/azaleas/magnolias etc then you ideally need acidic soil. But for most plants I'm sure you will be fine.
But whilst your at the early stages of planning your garden then it makes sense to test your soil.
If you do create some borders, you can save yourself the effort of disposing of the dug out turf by laying it grass side down in the bottom of the border, then put the soil back on top. Or pile it in the corner of your garden (grass side to grass side) and it will turn into lovely soil by next year, that you can add back to the borders.
I keep my Azealeas happy by feeding with sequestered Iron and a mulch of composted bracken.
Lovely, Tracey. I think LeadFarmer has given some good advice. Most plants grow on most soils, but some are acid or alkali loving, but you don't have to use them if you want to keep it simple. As LF said, dig in compost and rotted manure, if you can get it, along the hedge. There are a lot of plants that grow in dry shade, have a look with "Google", not such bright colours, but some have lovely leaves.
If it were my garden I'd be digging up some of the lawn, you will have to be very nice to your OH! I also feed my beds more than I feed the lawn! But don't overfeed as you will get more leaves than flowers. I use organic fertilisers.
Do you have somewhere light and warm to keep the seeds when they have germinated into little plants? I don't start sowing yet, there may be a lot of horrid weather to come and plants can get weak and leggy while waiting.
This may not be so relevant for shaded areas, but for a new large border you can dramatically reduce the costs of planting by sowing the area with seeds. That way you get a summer of lovely plants and also gives you more time to plan and save for the plants you do want to buy for next year.