Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Poor Man's Fertilizer


You'll never believe it but we had about three inches of snow last night.  I think I may be ready to move my entire operation to Florida.

Seriously though.  I've read that snow is considered a "poor man's fertilizer" and wondered why.  

Here's what I found:

An old wives tale says that snow is the poor man's fertilizer.  This is true because snow contains the nutrient nitrogen.  The snow lies as a blanket on the ground and slowly percolates through the soft spring soil.  Snow delivers about two to ten pounds of nitrogen per acre per year from the atmosphere to the soil.  This is not a huge amount but is more beneficial than rain because of the slow release and little amount of runoff. (Source: https://www.landscapearchitectureboston.com/spring-snow-the-poor-mans-fertilizer/)


When snow fall, it captures the ambient nitrogen in the air and preserves it until it melts.  Once it does begin to melt, that nitrogen leeches down into the soil in your yard.  This means that seasonal snowmelt can actually provide your lawn with an early dose of fertilizer to help it rally for spring. (Source: https://www.sublawn.com/understanding-effects-snow-your-lawn/)

Who knew?

So I guess we can look on the bright side when we have an unexpected spring snow!

Saturday, March 19, 2022



Please remember that Fitzgerald's Family Farm is not on the maple tour this year!

Monday, March 14, 2022

Fitzgerald's Family Farm's Big Changes...God's Country Upland Preserve and Giving Up The Maple Syrup Business

 We came back from vacation and were fighting to get ready for maple season.  In the week before vacation Fitz had gone to the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA for a venture that he started three years ago - God's Country Upland Preserve - an upland bird hunting preserve here in Potter County.

The calls were rolling in for hunts and we were having mountains of stress in trying to figure out how we were going to make this work. When we decided we had to make a choice.  Bird hunting or maple.  

Bird hunting is much more financially sound and definitely physically less demanding than tapping maple trees, boiling sap, etc... and we aren't getting any younger.  It is the obvious choice. 

So we decided to give up our maple business.  First we decided that we would do it just for the year, but then we decided to permanently leave the business.


The decision is a great relief.

Although we are listed on the Potter-Tioga Maple Weekend tour, we won't be participating.  We'll put a sign at the end of the road and block the driveway.  

Red Horse Grill, who would have been serving at our sugar house, has moved right down the road to Sons of Dunn's sugar house.  You won't miss them...   Go to breakfast at Brydonson Farm and then come back and go to lunch at Son's of Dunn.  A perfect weekend.     

We'll miss the people we've met over the years but are happy to move on to a new chapter.  

Wish us luck!