Monitoring the soil

I’ve just finished the MOOC offered by the Grow Observatory on soil monitors, such as the Smart Citizen Kit. At first, I wasn’t sure it would be worth my while either buying or making such a thing. After all, I know when the soil is wet and when it is dry (usually the latter).

Then it occurred to me that it would be interesting to have a tool to see if there any differences between the hugel beds and the surrounding soil. Simply judging by what is grown means I can’t know if other variables such as viability of seeds or shade, for example, might be influencing the results, particularly as each area of ground in a small garden is growing something else.

Notwithstanding, this is the garden this evening. The soil is already tending to be dry – don’t be fooled by the drizzle, it is only a minute amount of moisture and would be totally insufficient in summer.

The garden also looks a lot bleaker than at this time of year in 2017. Of course, the sunshine helps – but where is the lemon balm in the first picture? Certainly not in leaf!

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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8 Responses to Monitoring the soil

  1. Clare Pooley says:

    Our garden is about 10 days behind what it was this time last year. It is slowly catching up because a fortnight ago I would have said it was a fortnight behind. I think it would be useful to know which are the really dry areas in a garden and which areas dry out slower than others.

  2. Linda Penney says:

    Lovely update Helen thank you for sharing have a blessed day

  3. Ours, too, is rather behind – and with all the rain it is difficult to get out there

  4. thegreanbean says:

    Hi Helen, what a nice spot you have! Looking forward to follow how things develop

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