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October 23, 2011

What is organic?

-by Debra Anchors

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Does the fertilizer label at your garden center mention plant or animal based ingredients, like manure or seaweed? It’s probably organic. Does it sound more like a chemistry class? Then it's probably a synthetic or inorganic fertilizer.

Here are the differences to help you decide which is best for your garden:

1.    Slow feeding
2.    Rarely burns
3.    Won’t kill beneficial bacteria in the soil

1.    Quick feeding
2.    Often less expensive
3.    Can burn and damage plants as well as beneficial soil organisms

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