There’s that old saying about don’t eat yellow snow. Well don’t eat grey snow either. Will is spreading ash above to lower the albedo of the snow on our pastures with the goal of getting the sun to soak in more and reflect less. We’re making more efficient solar collectors and warming our local environment. This can make our snow melt off several weeks earlier than otherwise.
To spread the ash Will walks across the wind with it blowing away from him over the field so the ash is carried away from him. In the photo you can see the cloud of ash he released a minute ago on the right. Near him on the left is the cloud of ash he just tossed.
We’re actually a bit late spreading the ash this year and we don’t have much since our cottage uses so little wood for heating. We burned so little wood this year that we only had one and a half five gallon pales of ash.
An added benefit of the wood ash is it adds nutrients to the soil and raises the pH of our soil which has been acidified by the acid rain. Acid rain makes for beautiful, crystal clear ponds and lakes but isn’t good for many of the plants we want to grow such as clover and various vegetables. The strawberries and the blueberries love the acidity so there is a benefit of my not having enough ash for all the fields… But our soil is so acidic I doubt I’ll ever have “enough” ash.
Outdoors: 49°F/28°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 70°F/68°F
Daily Spark: Evolution takes no prisoners.