Germinating Seeds

How do I know when the soil temperature is 65 degrees?

Zone southern Pa | added on May 1, 2012 | Answered

My seed directions say to plant when the soil temp is 65 degrees.

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Answered on May 7, 2012

Technically, they expect you to go out there and use a probe thermometer. But most gardeners don't have those hanging around the garden shed. :)

An easier method is to simply stick your hand in the soil. If you can keep it comfortably down in the soil for a full minute, the soil is 60-65F. If you can't, it is colder than that.

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