Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition

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Timber Press, Sep 10, 2010 - Gardening - 220 pages
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“A breakthrough book. No comprehensive horticultural library should be without it.” —American Gardener

When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains plants, and then become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of toxic substances. Teaming with Microbes offers an alternative to this vicious circle, and details how to garden in a way that strengthens, rather than destroys, the soil food web. You’ll discover that healthy soil is teeming with life—not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. This must-have guide is for everyone, from those devoted to organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy plants without resorting to chemicals.

 

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User Review  - MissyIvey - LibraryThing

Very good information! It will change how you view your soil and learn all about the soil food web. Just a little hard to read. Some parts of the book were way over my head...too scientific. Read full review

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User Review  - aevaughn - LibraryThing

I enjoyed reading this book and finding out about life in the soil. And, also how to better partner with it to garden more effectively. Now, I just wish that I still had a garden to test out this different approach. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
9
Preface
11
Part 1 The Basic Science
17
Part 2 Applying Soil Food Web Science to Yard and Garden Care
107
Appendix The Soil Food Web Gardening Rules
205
Resources
207
Index
211
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Jeff Lowenfels is the author several of award-winning books on plants and soil, and he is the longest running garden columnist in North America. Lowenfels is a national lecturer as well as a fellow, hall of fame member, and former president of the Garden Writers of America.


Wayne Lewis is a lifelong Alaskan gardener. He has worked with Jeff Lowenfels on many projects over the past 25 years, including the now national Plant a Row for the Hungry program, which encourages gardeners to donate a portion of their harvest to charitable organizations in their community.

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