The latest pounding of snow, sleet, ice and cold temperatures was enough to force most of us at home this past week. Just when I kicked up my spring cleaning into full gear, Mother Nature comes uninvited saying "uh-ah...not just yet!"
In truth, I'd rather have the soggiest, snowiest, rainiest of springs. And you want to know why?
The conditions prior to this April snowstorm were optimal for an early drought. A drier winter meant our plants and trees were going to thirst for water in mid-spring and summer - the critical growing seasons.
Believe it or not, lots and lots of snow is very good for plants and trees. It's because the moisture seeps deep into the ground bringing nourishment as they awaken from dormancy.
Last year when the Prairies had to endure a very dry growing season - the only saving grace were the previous years' of very wet conditions. Thus, the crops managed to survive. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Drought Monitor, southern Prairies were in already experiencing moderate drought conditions while southern Saskatchewan were also slated as having experienced severe drought conditions - as of March 1! They too were hit with a spring snowstorm bringing much needed relief.
In Toronto, where 24 hour grocery stores are plentiful - we often overlook that a snowy winter-spring is Mother Nature way to keep our food supply nourished. While I cringe at the idea of another major snowstorm in April and possibly further pushing project timelines, I am far more grateful for the moisture now rather than later.