Jennifer Thorp wrote:This reminded me of the bit in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book where Almanzo's father makes him go out and plough a late snow into the soil.
Nick Kitchener wrote:
The forest seems to be a different story. I think the ground doesn't freeze because of the amount of air in the root net, and leaf cover. Either that, or there is just so many air spaces in the frozen humus that melt water can still infiltrate.
Jonathan Davis wrote:I wouldn't want to pile snow in my garden beds for fear that it would cause soil compaction after the ground begins to unfreeze. I have seen big snow piles in my neck of the woods that stick around until mid April or even later. Making a pile upstream from your beds that would melt into them might be cool, if it were practical to do so...never considered it before.