We got a delivery of poor man's fertilizer today.
I used to wonder whether the term was meant to
keep us from losing hope when it snowed in spring,
or whether there was any science to calling
a spring snow "poor man's fertilizer".
The term is not a public relations scheme.
These plants will do better
with today's snow. Nitrogen is the reason.
Snow has lots of nitrogen. So does the rain in thunderstorms.
Snow, in seeping into the ground slowly as it melts,
delivers a healthier dose of this important nutrient than the
soaking rain in a good thunder-bumper.
All you northern New Englanders who got snow today:
don't you feel better knowing that?