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Teaming With Microbes

The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web

Lowenfels, Jeff

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Teaming With Microbes
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Smart gardeners know that soil is anything but an inert substance. Healthy soil is teeming with life -- not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and thus become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of artificial substances, many of them toxic to humans as well as other forms of life. But there is an alternative to this vicious circle: to garden in a way that strengthens, rather than destroys, the soil food web -- the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms whose interactions create a nurturing environment for plants. By eschewing jargon and overly technical language, the authors make the benefits of cultivating the soil food web available to a wide audience, from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants without resorting to chemicals.
Publisher: Portland, Or. ; London : Timber Press, 2010
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 1604691131
9781604691139
Branch Call Number: 631.4 L917t 2010
Characteristics: 220 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Wayne 1942-

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Sep 26, 2011
  • anne_T_artichoke rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A must read for all organic gardeners. The authors did a great job of simplifying complex concepts. It's an easy read but packed with interesting information. This book gave me a new respect and deep understanding for soil and changed the way I garden for ever.

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