It's time to glow organic, right over the snow!

There are many good reasons to keep an organic focus in your garden, and today is a great day to advance that cause, even if it's snowy!

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Slow release organic fertilizer

offers lots of advantages. One application lasts months, supplies nutrients for plants even as it improves the soil's ability to absorb water and support roots

Organic designates carbon-based fertilizer made from minimally-processed plant- and animal matter. Examples are manures (cow manure, poultry manure, bat guano, etc.), cottonseed meal, feather meal and fish meal. These materials are slow to release nutrients because soil microorganisms must process them before plant roots can absorb them. So fertilizer "feeds" the plant as decay progresses. Along the way, humus forms as a by-product that helps soil parrticles form into loose, rich crumbs.

Fall for spring, winter for spring and summer

The time to apply slow release fertilizer is in advance of plant growth, Late winter applications support spring's growth.

So if you can locate your garden or lawn even in winter, you can start either one on its way to great growth by applying a slow release fertilizer right over the snow. (If your property has steep slopes, wait to fertilize as melting snow on a slope might only take your fertilizer into the storm drain. That's not just a waste, it's a serious pollution problem.)

Get on the ball for your garden's sake. You'll save  time and net a better garden. As a bonus, you'll also loosen up your winter-weary muscles with some easy work.

(What about when the snow's still really deep?!)

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Here's help for figuring fertilizer. Be sure to use the help in Cure Fertilizerphobia in our Garden Care magazine, too.

There's no reason to get dazed and confused by all the fertilizer choices. Look for help where you buy slow release organic fertilizers, at a garden center or feed-and-fertilizer store.

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Here's Dale White, owner of Uncle Luke's Feed Store in Troy, Michigan, counseling a customer. We've listened in on many such sessions and consider him one of the most knowledgeable people in the business when it comes to fertilizer. A bright green thumbs up to Dale.