I'm very happy that we are getting rain again like we should be. It has been so dry. Yesterday we got about 2/3". So the soil is happy again as are the plants. I'm less happy about the temperature. Earlier in the year I complained about the exceedingly hot weather. Now I'm shivering as I drink my hot tea. Yesterday it barely hit 50F (10C). Today it will only be a little bit better.
Now I don't mind a cold spell or two. But my schedule says that May 1st is the time to plant my first of four waves of corn.
But the soil temperature is saying something different. Corn likes to germinate in soil temperatures over 60F (15C), but it will germinate in soil temperatures 50F(10C) or higher. The soil is 48F. A bit too low. If I planted right now I wouldn't speed up the corn sprouting and the seed might rot in the ground. I'll have to wait until it warms up a touch. I might have to wait a week or two. Or this weekend it might be warm enough. If we would get some sun, the soil would warm up quickly, but we have a lot of clouds and drizzly weather in the forecast.
Did you notice my "soil" thermometer? I used to use it to make lattes. My husband bought me a latte maker years ago. I loved it until I started gaining weight. It pretended to be my friend, but in reality it was evil. Now the thermometer has been repurposed for the garden.