Teaming with Microbes
Science for Gardeners - The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition
Wayne Lewis & Jeff Lowenfels
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Healthy soil teems with life—not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. Chemical fertilizers injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and the soil becomes increasingly dependent on artificial, often toxic, substances. But there is an alternative: by strengthening the soil food web—the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms—gardeners can create a nurturing environment for plants. Teaming with Microbes extols the benefits of cultivating the soil food web. It clearly explains the activities and organisms that make up the web, and explains how gardeners can cultivate the life of the soil through the use of compost, mulches, and compost tea. With Jeff Lowenfels’ help, everyone—from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants—can create rich, nurturing, living soil.
Truly an enlightening read!
If you have the slightest interest in the planet you live on, gardening, or simply curious about the ground you walk on this is a book for you. A fun and very informative read.
If you are looking for the knowledge you need to go organic you will it all in this book. Additionally you will find the why, which for me is the crux of understanding both how grow organically and what to avoid. The information is easy to understand and thorough. as a long time organic gardener I felt like my eyes are just now seeing!
It's one of those hard to put down books you get from time to time. The authors were also thoughtful enough to provide resource information and one of the best indexes i have seen in a very long time.
Makes an excellent gift too. Everyone I have given this book too has loved it. Do yourself, family, garden & yard a favor and buy this book!
Be sure to have a note pad handy as there are many observations you will want to note.
- Category: Gardening
- Published: Sep 10, 2010
- Publisher: Timber Press
- Seller: Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
- Print Length: 220 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Science for Gardeners