Ask a Gardening Question

QUESTION: Soil Temperature

comments (11) April 20th, 2010

Pin It

FawmGurl FawmGurl, member
thumbs up 5 users recommend

Photo by  Ryan R under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.Click To Enlarge

Photo by  Ryan R under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.


I am always quite uncertain when I am planting certain vegetables in the spring with regard to those who are quite cold sensitive.  Is there a general rule of thumb regarding how to know when night soil temperatures have rised above a certain level in my area (Santa Rosa, CA)?  Can I just stick a turkey thermometer in it over night?  Maye check it in the middle of the night sometime?

the reason I am nervous is that I don't want new seed sprouts to die due to a cold night.  It is definitely past freezing here, and I'm not worried about delaying germination once the seeds are in the ground, rather, the reason I am nervous is that I don't want new seed sprouts to die due to a cold night of 50 or 55 degrees (for gourds or eggplant for example).

Any thoughts?


posted in: soil, spring, planting, eggplant, spring planting, temperature, soil temperature, gourd

Comments (11)

Mariewhite writes: Great job
Posted: 12:21 pm on August 12th
LattisaArora writes: Thmbs up very nice
Posted: 11:05 pm on March 30th
BalluBachlor writes: Really useful gadget
Posted: 12:49 am on March 29th
RandyFish writes: another one of your great ideas.
Posted: 1:59 am on February 18th
RixonJoy writes: Very Useful
Posted: 12:21 am on February 16th
JamelFlower writes: Imppprreessivve work
Posted: 1:09 am on January 26th
DianaBoyce writes: gud share
Posted: 5:57 am on June 13th
CharlottBrown writes: its very high
Posted: 6:06 am on May 22nd
CherylMays writes: i like your work
Posted: 3:10 am on May 21st
Barbarajhon writes: very nice
Posted: 3:33 am on May 19th
wyotransplant writes: If your area has passed the "early Frost period" the 50 - 55degs will not hurt your new sprouts. If it looks like a frost is coming cover with newspaper or cloth. The ground temp should offer enough protection until the sun comes up.
Posted: 6:10 pm on May 8th
Log in or create a free account to post a comment.