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!