How to Test Soil Temperature in Your Garden

When planting seeds or seedlings in your yard or garden, the temperature of the soil must be within the recommended range for the plant to grow. While the air may feel warm, the soil can still be cold from the winter.

To measure the temperature of the soil, use an instant-read thermometer made for cooking. Push the thermometer’s probe as deep into the soil as possible to get an accurate reading of the soil temperature.

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  1. everyone always talks about getting the right soil temperature but soil temperature changes from morning to day to night ,…..what time of the day should i be taking my temperature readings?? if soil temp is reading 49 degrees in the morning and then 65 degrees in the afternoon is it still to soon to plant??


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