This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

poor man's fertilizer

I was talking with a real farmer (my brother in law, Scott) the other day, and he was looking on the bright side of all this spring snow we have. He says snow traps nitrogen and since the soil is thawed underneath, this nitrogen will seep in as the snow melts and will be available to the plants. Scott says this may be a myth, but its nice to think there's some benefit.


Blogger icebear said...

i remember reading something like this in the Little House books. But in the book, the snow was plowed into the soil.

March 23, 2013 1:11 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Well, that's a thought - I could go out and turn under the snow, without waiting for it to all melt! I like that. Maybe I will plant soon!!!

March 23, 2013 2:16 PM

Anonymous Sam Peri said...

After reading this post, I suddenly remembered my grouchy Science teacher who taught me regarding Nitrogen cycle. The decomposition of plants and other living organisms trapped in the soil releases organic nitrogen into the soil as ammonia. Eventually, bacteria and fungi convert this ammonia that became beneficial to plants.

April 17, 2013 9:23 AM


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