CHECKING THE SOIL

I thought today was a good day to check the readings of my soil in the raised beds. And I don’t think that the readings are too bad for February. Since it has not rained all week, it appears that the soil is only just on the moist side, between 7 & 6 which is not bad.  I was very surprised that the soil temperature is 12degrees Celsius, this should almost be good enough for planting some of the hardier seeds like broad beans.
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I’m also quite happy with the readings of  light (around the 1000 mark), the bed where it took the light reading is one of the lighter beds, I had better check the other beds too in order to see where I plant what.  Then the PH of the soil is pretty good too, on the alkaline side (just between 7 and 8).  I find it very helpful to have these gadgets to be able to take readings, keeps you well informed.

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Then the seedling which are only sprouting now, sowed them about a week ago, I moved them to the window sill, they are so far only Sweet Peas (for the scent), and there is also a Ginger and an Artichoke starting off.  The little seedling is suffering from not getting enough light but I hope that will rectify itself now that I moved them.

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The Ginger popping up, but being very slow about it.  And one of the Sweet Pea seedlings.

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9 thoughts on “CHECKING THE SOIL

  1. You’re very organised! I was doing some weeding today and found a lump of hard stuff in a pot – couldn’t work out what it was until I realised it was frozen soil. That tells me I need to wait a bit before I try sowing seeds. Good luck with your seedlings.

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    1. I can imagine that must have been a surprise to you. Hope your weather improves soon, as it is so exciting to get going 🙂

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    1. Yes I just read about that so am trying it out. Now tonight I have put fleece over the pots as when the curtain is drawn it gets to cold still for the seedlings.

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  2. So jealous. Your photos of dirt are making my hands itch to be immersed in it. I can’t even see my soil under the layers of snow here in Ontario, Canada. It won’t be another month or so before I can even begin to think of dirt. I am starting on my garden planning (which I am blogging about in a series) but sadly it will be a while yet until I can once again enjoy the outdoors. I wish I had gotten around the building a greenhouse last year. Enjoy your dirt!

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    1. I’m glad you are enjoying the look of the soil, I love it too very much. Though I have been inside all day with a dreaded cold/flu I still cannot wait to get started. I did do some indoor gardening the other day, but I have not got a greenhouse yet either – one day perhaps. 🙂 Thanks for your comment, great!

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