Snow, snow and more snow

The old timers will tell you that snow is the poor man’s fertilizer. An estimated 2 to 12 lbs per acre of nitrogen is deposited on the soil through snow and rain. It comes primarily from  two sources: emissions from burning fossil fuels, and lightning, which fixes atmospheric nitrogen. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that’s the good thing about fossil fuels, but at least when I look out and see snow covering the garden, I know something good is coming out of it (besides me day dreaming over seed catalogs). There’s another good thing about snow in the garden — it insulates the ground and protects plant roots from weather extremes. Very cold and dry weather can cause winter damage through desiccation,and  milder wet weather can cause many otherwise cold- hardy perennials to succumb to root rot.

Truthfully, I enjoy the snow. If its going to be winter, it may as well be real winter weather. Lots of snow for sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snow-fort building, and of course epic snowball fights. And if you have a snow shovel and great determination,  the ponds are frozen too. Skating is my favorite winter weather activity, but I’m waiting for a more hearty soul to get out there with the shovel.


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