When the snow falls, the vegetable garden is also transformed, everything is covered in white and seems to invite the farmer to stay in the warmth, perhaps in front of the fireplace.
What not everyone knows is that while we rest the snow works to improve the soil we cultivate.
Like all atmospheric agents, snowfalls are also natural occurrences and can have a positive role on the fields. It is interesting to learn more about the effects of snow on the vegetable garden.
Effect of snow on the ground
Soil structure. Snow is very good for the soil, particularly in improving its structure and making it softer. When snow falls like a cold blanket on the ground, temperatures will rise over time and it will melt into water. This step is very useful for structuring the soil, which is naturally worked by the alternation between cold and thaw, accompanied by the dripping water from the melting of the white mantle.
Water reserve. Snow is also useful as a source of water. The snow settles in solid form and releases the water gradually drop by drop. In this way the soil is able to better retain water and accumulate it so that it is available to plants in the future.
Cover from the cold. It seems impossible but snow can also be useful to protect crops from the cold. On the other hand, the Eskimos also build igloos of ice and snow and exploit their insulating power. During the winter there are peas, broad beans, garlic, shallots and onions in the garden, when the cultivated plot is covered with snow, the soil is protected in a natural way and will freeze less than the bare earth.
Beware of the greenhouse
Snowfall can cause serious damage to the roofs set up in the garden to protect the plants from the cold. The problem with snowflakes is their weight: when they accumulate on greenhouses or tunnels they can overload the structure. This can lead to both breaking the fabric and dropping the supports. Care must be taken when it starts to snow and if necessary go to clean the greenhouse manually to prevent it from collapsing under the weight of the snow.