Volunteer and Employment Opportunities at Clagett
PG County residents: Come to the Clean Energy town hall meeting

Snow as fertilizer

Michael Heller quotes often that "snow is the poor man's manure". It holds Nitrogen and Sulphur, which are low in our soils.  It also releases moisture slowly into the soil, especially, if the ground is not frozen.  That adds to our aquifers, which is good for the long term.  The snow is even hiding the strawberry plants from the deer that had recently learned to paw through the floating row cover that was protecting them.   So we're quite pleased with the snow.

If this cool, wet weather continues through the spring, we could be looking at the opposite effect.  Too much rain pulls those highly-soluble nutrients down out of the root zone, or laterally into the creeks.  It keeps our cover crop from growing well and reduces the Nitrogen fixed by their companion soil bacteria.  And the wet soil keeps us from getting into the field with the tractor so our planting is late, and seeds rot.   

So right now is the best time for cold, wet weather.  Three cheers, and lets hope it doesn't overstay its welcome.   


Mon 2-8-2010 Snow at the Farm 015c


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)