A number of factors will influence soil temperature and may need to be considered in areas or at certain times of the year when extreme temperatures may have an effect on the roots of the plants.
- Cultivated ground will warm up more than uncultivated ground
- Mounded beds will be warmer and stay warmer fort the whole day due to the greater surface area exposed than constructed planter beds
- Mulch will help stabilize soil temperature, reducing the extreme variations. It will also keep the moisture in and stop the soil surface from crusting and becoming impermeable
- Summer crops need a soil temperature of at least 15 degrees C.