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!

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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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