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should I warm the soil in my vegetable plot?

I have read that there can be benefits but is it really worth it? Also if I do should I use clear or black covering?



  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    You can use either black polythene or polytunnels to warm the soil. It does have benefits as it leads to early germination and earlier cropping if kept covered with a polytunnel. Covering early crops with fleece gives some protection against frost as well.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I think it is worth it. I have a very lightweight cold frame, timber and polycarbonate that I place over the soil for a week or so before planting, and keep in place for a while afterwards and then move it on to another area.image

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