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Poor Man's Fertilizer

Monday, January 9, 2017 22:46
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Father was pleased. The soft snow was six inches deep, but the ground was not yet frozen.

“Poor man’s fertilizer,” Father called such a snow, and he set Royal to plowing it into all the fields. It carried something from the air into the ground, that would make the crops grow.

Farmer Boy
Laura Ingalls Wilder
We were blessed with four inches of poor man’s fertilizer over the weekend. 

Why is it called that? Because according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, snowflakes attract and deposit atmospheric nitrogen onto the soil. Heaven knows we can certainly use more nitrogen in our soil

I’m saying “blessed,” although I’m sure those of you with more than enough are thinking of it as anything other than a blessing. Our chickens didn’t think it was a blessing and refused to come out of the coop. The goats weren’t impressed. Only the ducks were willing to venture out in it.


On the Thursday and Friday before, I planted two of our pasture areas. I planted the buck pasture in a deer and turkey forage mix of wheat, oats, and Austrian peas.


I planted one of the doe pastures in winter wheat.


It’s been gradually melting, although the temps have barely gotten above freezing. A warm-up is predicted by the end of the week so it should all be gone by then. I just hope it was enough cold to hopefully help reduce next summer’s insect population. We seem to have more but problems after a mild winter.

Will we get more snow in the days and weeks ahead? Hard to say. January and February are typically our coldest months, although we’ve gotten snow as late as March. I reckon we’ll just take it as it comes.

Poor Man’s Fertilizer © January 2017 by


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