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Piano Trade Magazine
The Poor Man’s Fertilizer.
Earl Jackson, the Middle Western traveler of the Cable Co., looked out of the window and watched March come in like a lion. “I hope it snows hard and keeps it up. Snow is the poor man’s fertilizer. Look at the crops we had last year and the resulting piano business. Business has started off this year with confidence, and if the crops are good this season this year will be a record breaker.”
The Poor Man’s Fertilizer
by Peter Geiger | Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 | From: Blog
When I was small, I heard that it was good when it snowed because it was called a “poor man’s fertilizer”. The person that told me was an old farmer, so I never questioned the saying. Is there truth behind the saying?
Aside from water, nitrogen is the only element that snow puts back into the Earth. However, lightning and rain actually emit a greater proportion of nitrogen than snow. What probably makes snow good for the soil is that it feeds nitrogen into the soil at a slower and more even rate (through melting) than a thunderstorm, which delivers precipitation at a more rapid rate.
The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)
Poor man’s fertilizer
By Henry Lind
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Last week’s snow was a surprise to many but welcomed by those of us who are tilling the soil in gardens or farms. Late season snow has been called “poor man’s fertilizer” for generations but we may not realize that it really deserves the name, with perhaps the gender specific reference as an exception. In fact, any moisture falling from the sky contains nitrogen, the single most important element for plant growth. When it arrives in the form of snow, the added benefit is what we can describe as slow release fertilizer. Unlike a rainstorm, the nitrogen in the snow stays put on the soil as the snow melts, and does not run off quickly.