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Soil temperature

February 3rd, 2009

I’m anxiously awaiting spring so that I can start my garden. I’ve been planning and plotting what to grow and buying lots of seeds. You can read about those plans in my journal at MyFolia if you are interested.

I was really pleased to find this soil temperature map, which provides forecasts by region for soil temperatures for the next five days. Certain seeds will not germinate until the soil temperature is warm enough, so this is useful and interesting information. Since my garden was new last year, most of my soil was new and I didn’t have to wait for it to warm up. I have a thermometer and will take readings, but the map will give me an idea of when I should start paying attention.