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Post  trolleydriver on 3/26/2016, 8:03 am

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Re: Warming Soil and Protecting Seedlings

Post  ralitaco on 3/26/2016, 11:25 pm

Do you guys monitor the temperature of your MM?
If so, what do you use and where do you test?
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Post  CitizenKate on 3/27/2016, 12:40 am

The only time I monitor temperature of growing mediums is when germination occurs.
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Post  ralitaco on 3/27/2016, 8:47 am

Ok. Thought I was missing something, but want to keep things simple
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Post  yolos on 3/27/2016, 9:08 am

@ralitaco wrote:Do you guys monitor the temperature of your MM?
If so, what do you use and where do you test?

I do in order to determine when to plant seeds or plant my transplants.  If the soil is too cool the seeds take a lot longer to germinate and therefore, there is more chance for them to rot before germinating and for the birds to find them and make a meal.  We have a very short spring and if the soil is too cold, the seeds just sit there.  Then when they finally sprout and grow, the hot weather comes too quickly and they shut down (shell peas for instance).  So if the temps are too cool, I will germinate them in paper towels and then plant them after sprouting. Also, warm weather transplants won't grow much if the soil is too cool and I don't want mine sitting there contracting whatever disease is currently floating up on the wind from Florida.  

I use my compost thermometer to test the soil temp.  I test at whatever depth I am planting depending on whether I am planting seeds or transplants.  But I only do this in early spring.
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Post  jimmy cee on 3/27/2016, 9:20 am

I'm of the mind, once a plant is added to it's final resting place it should start growing, that growing should not be impaired, otherwise it will have a negative effect on it's maturity, sure it will still grow, however, I believe that growrth will be stunted compared to allowing it to proceed without pause..
I only plant any more when soil is the correct temperature or at least near that range and will not decline..
I'll monitor the soil temp's with accurate gauges.
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Post  ralitaco on 3/27/2016, 1:56 pm

Yolos and JimmyCee,
Thanks for you replies, but as you know by now they always lead to more questions. Embarassed

I have never worried about the temps, so what is the temperature range you are looking for? Is it on the seed packets?

Now I am wondering if that's why my peas didn't grow last season. Maybe it was too hot.

JC, that looks like a standard kitchen thermometer, is that correct?

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Post  jimmy cee on 3/28/2016, 8:11 am

Yes on the seed packets, no one knows seeds as the folk that puts them together.

No not a kitchen thermometer, an industrial unit made for a T- well..
Accurate and weather proof
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Post  ralitaco on 3/28/2016, 9:44 am

Thanks JimmyCee
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Re: Warming Soil and Protecting Seedlings

Post  sanderson on 3/28/2016, 2:31 pm

I use the compost thermometer to test the soil temps in certain boxes that still have partial shade. If too cold, certain seedlings will dampen off.

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Re: Warming Soil and Protecting Seedlings

Post  ralitaco on 3/29/2016, 12:10 am

@sanderson wrote:I use the compost thermometer to test the soil temps in certain boxes that still have partial shade.  If too cold, certain seedlings will dampen off.
I will have to look for one of those. Right now all I have is a reo-temp digital thermometer I use for work. It is very accurate but only has about a 4" probe.
I did check my MM in various spots this a.m. and it all was reading about 65F.
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