Citizen Science: Sensing the world

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!


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to Citizen Science: Sensing the world

  1. All Jackie’s beans were killed off in the last snow. She’s started again

  2. Clare Pooley says:

    Best of luck with the tomatoes and broad beans!

  3. Soil and it’s inhabitants are so interesting .. looking forward to your info 😃

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