Re: [gardeners] Testing soil temps

George Shirley (
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 08:31:47

At 07:56 PM 4/9/98 +0000, you wrote:
>George Shirley <> wrote:
>> Personally I test the soil temps with a thermometer, to much trouble
>> getting up and down for the other method. ;-)
>In my neighborhood I'd get arrested doing it that other way.  Since 
>you admit to using a thermometer, perhaps you'd care to share with me 
>the minimum soil temp that you think is okay for "warm soil" seeds.  
>Everytime I ask this question someone tells me to drop my pants.
Once upon a time, long, long, ago, I read that 55F was the minimum seed
planting temp for my area. Consequently that's what I shoot for and it
seems to work. That's 55F for a few days I should say. Having lived in
Loosiana you know how our weather can vary in the early spring. So I try
for 55F for 3 consecutive days. Haven't had to many crop failures using
that temp unless I use old seed.