Poor man’s fertilizer?

As I watched the snow fall for most of yesterday (!!) and even stick a bit in some spots, I figured I ought to post a little something about the concept of a late spring snowfall being, in the words of old-timers, “poor man’s fertilizer”.  Is this true?  Well, yes.  Snow contains nitrogen and a few other trace elements, and when it falls when the ground has begun to thaw (like right now in late April) those elements can be absorbed into the soil.  Rain has these elements, too, but a modest snowfall followed by a melt allows the nutrients to be aborbed more gradually and evenly than by something like a thunderstorm.  So…always look on the bright side!  (And a nice recovery by Mother Nature for Easter Sunday!)

Snow in the perennial flower beds by the farmhouse.

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