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Monday, May 09, 2022 Gerald UK Watlington, UK

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Soil temp is now 20C, perhaps I'm overdoing it a bit? This year I intend to completely cover the ground with a straw mulch beforehand. A couple of years ago I did it as the plant grew. It'll be a nuisance when it comes to vine burying but I hope it will be worth the hassle. The advantage is it will keep the soil warm, prevent weeds from germinating and keep the moisture in. Otherwise the top layer of soil just gets wet, then dries out, then gets wet again. I can't imagine that's good for roots so I would rather the SMC was more consistent. All watering will be done using the probe as a guide to keep the SMC around 25%. Then I can calculate exactly how much water to add. I will have to make sure I keep on top of taking readings at least once a day.

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