Last year, I did a MOOC through Future Learn about soil. It was a project run by the Grow Observatory and while participants learned about their soil, the organisation gathered data to help understand soil profiles in Europe.
Now, I have just embarked on a new MOOC with the same people. This is about monitoring soil, for example its moisture content, and how monitoring can be done.
I’m doing a bit of a catch-up as it’s almost the end of Week 1 and I’ve only just started the introductory modules. So, I haven’t yet gleaned any information to impart.
However, anyone who has followed my blog for a while may be aware that with sandy loam, moisture can be an issue. There is also an issue with late blight but I have nonetheless started off some tomatoes, which over the last 24 hours have sprung into life.
The broad beans I sowed in February are also at last showing their heads, so I will plant them out soon to replace the ones nobbled by the pigeons. The Beasts from the east at least haven’t finished off the ones which the birds missed!