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It’s the soil temperature that matters when one is deciding if it is time to sow seeds in the garden for cool season crops including peas, radishes, lettuce, spinach, etc.
For peas especially, the soil temperature should be 40F or higher, preferably just a tiny bit higher, for them to germinate.
So how does one determine if the soil temperature is 40F or higher?
One uses a soil thermometer.
I was going to use my soil thermometer today to see if the soil in my garden is even close to 40F.
However, I only got as far as opening the backdoor and looking across the snow-covered lawn toward the vegetable garden. All that snow. Though some of it melted today, I decided I still didn’t have on tall enough boots to get from the back patio across the lawn to the vegetable garden without getting snow in my shoes.
Perhaps I’ll check again tomorrow?
Or next week?
Or on March 17th, the traditional day for planting peas around here?
Yes, I’ll wait until March 17th, and if the snow has melted, I’ll head out with my trusty soil thermometer and check the soil temperature. My guess is it will be warm enough.
But I am an optimist by nature.