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The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food

The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food

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By (author) Steve Solomon, By (author) Erica Reinheimer

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  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 20mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 25 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Gabriola Island
  • ISBN 10: 0865717184
  • ISBN 13: 9780865717183
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: B&W photographs and illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 25,822

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Vegetables, fruits, and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but centuries of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows. As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half of the vitamins and minerals that the equivalent serving would have contained a hundred years ago. This is a matter for serious concern, since poor nutrition has been linked to myriad health problems including cancer, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. For optimum health we must increase the nutrient density of our foods to the levels enjoyed by previous generations. To grow produce of the highest nutritional quality the essential minerals lacking in our soil must be replaced, but this re-mineralization calls for far more attention to detail than the simple addition of composted manure or NPK fertilizers. The Intelligent Gardener demystifies the process while simultaneously debunking much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements. In doing so, it conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy people. This practical step-by-step guide and the accompanying customizable web-based spreadsheets go beyond organic and are essential tools for any serious gardener who cares about the quality of the produce they grow. Steve Solomon is the author of several landmark gardening books including Gardening When it Counts and Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades. The founder of the Territorial Seed Company, he has been growing most of his family's food for over thirty-five years.

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Steve Solomon is the founder of the Territorial Seed Company. He has been growing most of his family's food for over 35 years, and is the author of several landmark gardening books including Gardening When it Counts and Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades. A lifelong evangelist for the value of self-sufficiency, his writing, lectures and classes are focused on helping people become financially independent through producing their own necessities. He currently homesteads in Tasmania.

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This practical step-by-step guide shows all is not lost as Steve Solomon shows us the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people. - Sandra Barrera, The Daily Breeze If you garden, no matter if you're an omnivore, vegetarian, or carnivore I think this book is a good read., blogger, Throwback at Trapp Creek The nutrient density of the crops we grow and the remineralization of our soils have been almost constantly on our minds and usually on the tips of our tongues. Our biggest inspiration has come from reading Steve Solomen's new book The Intelligent Gardener. - Shannon Jones and Bryan Dyck, bloggers, Broadfork Farm Any agriculture or home gardening library will find this an accesible, popular lend. James Cox, Midwest Book Review

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BEYOND ORGANIC - A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO NUTRIENT-DENSE FOOD The Intelligent Gardener" is more than just "intelligent," it is bold, it is courageous, and it challenges many of our preconceptions about food, about soils, about farming, and about health "---Michael Ableman, farmer, author of "Fields of Plenty, On Good Land, "and "From The Good Earth" Vegetables, fruits and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but generations of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows. As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half the vitamins and minerals than the equivalent serving would have contained a less than a century ago. The Intelligent Gardener shows you how to achieve optimum health by remineralizing your soil using natural materials to grow nutrient-dense produce. Starting with an overview of nutrient density, the history of organic agriculture and an accessible primer on basic soil chemistry, this comprehensive manual demonstrates how the home gardener can use the results of an inexpensive soil test to create their own individually tailored soil prescription. The author systematically demystifies the replacement of a wealth of essential minerals while simultaneously debunking much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements. Nothing short of revolutionary in its approach, "The Intelligent Gardener "conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people. Caution: this book may change the way you think about your garden forever. "It's hard to imagine this book not having a significant and lasting impact on the way organic farmers and gardeners grow their crops."--- Mark McDonald, West Coast Seeds "We are what we eat, and our food is only as healthful as the soil we grow it in. The Intelligent Gardener is a valuable tool for anyone seeking to get the highest food value from their garden."---Darrell Frey, author of "Bioshelter Market Garden" Steve Solomon is the author of several landmark gardening books including Gardening When it Counts and Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades. The founder of the Territorial Seed Company, he has been growing most of his family's food for over 35 years.