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Soil Temp for Early Spring Sowing

Posted by misterpatrick 4 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 16, 13 at 12:45

Hello all,

we're having a weird spring in these parts. We had temps in the high 50's for awhile but the last couple weeks have been snow and rain. Currently we have a couple of inches of snow on the ground and while temps are going to be in the 50's again this weekend, nighttime temps are still in the 30's. Our usual last-frost date is around end of May. My tulips are a couple inches high and I hope still alive.

I'd like to get a few things in the ground including some leaf lettuce, chicory, snap peas, carrots and radish. I have a hooped-frost cover coming but was wondering what soil temp I should be looking at to start sowing. Not sure if I'd even get germination this early. Ideally I'd love to start doing things in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for any tips!

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RE: Soil Temp for Early Spring Sowing

I use a soil thermometer and this chart to plant in the spring.

Since your in zone 4 and I am in zone 6 I really can't say much else.
If you don't have a soil thermometer , I've heard of people using a meat thermometer.

This post was edited by veggiecanner on Wed, Apr 24, 13 at 21:16

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