Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition (Science for Gardeners)

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition (Science for Gardeners) Author Jeff Lowenfels
ISBN-10 1604691131
ISBN-13 9781604691139
Year 2010-02-24
Pages 220
Language English
Publisher Timber Press
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The 2011 Garden Writers of America Gold Award for Best Writing Book proves 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

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