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Teaming with Nutrients : The Organic Gardeners Guide to Optimising Plant Nutritition

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Just as he demystified the soil food web in his book, 'Teaming with microbes', in this new work, organic gardening expert Jeff Lowenfels explains the basics of plant nutrition from an organic gardener's perspective. In his entertaining yet informative style, Lowenfels informs the reader about the role of nutrients involved in plant feeding. He provides them with the knowledge and techniques they need to optimise plant nutrition in an environmentally-friendly way.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 657.71g
  • Timber Press
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • English
  • 67 photographs and illustrations
  • 1604693142
  • 9781604693140
  • 43,362

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"A breakthrough book. . . . well worth owning and reading. No comprehensive horticultural library should be without it." --American Gardener "For years, we've thought of the 'food chains' in our environment. Lowenfels and Lewis explain an even more wonderful idea: the 'soil food web.' Read Teaming with Microbes and keep it or give it to the library so others may learn of this astounding way to grow vegetables, trees, lawns." --Washington Gardener "Exceptional. . . . A brief, clear overview of scientific information with which every gardener should be familiar." --Monterey Herald "Digs into soil in a most enlightening and entertaining way." --Dallas Morning News "Required reading for all serious gardeners." --Miami Herald "This intense little book may well change the way you garden." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch "All good gardeners know healthy plants start with healthy soil. But why? And how? In Teaming with Microbes Lowenfels and Lewis reveal the new research in the most practical and accessible way." --The Oregonian "For years, we've thought of the 'food chains' in our environment. Lowenfels and Lewis explain an even more wonderful idea: the 'soil food web.' Read Teaming with Microbes and keep it or give it to the library so others may learn of this astounding way to grow vegetables, trees, lawns." --Detroit News "Sure, it's a gardening book, but it has all the drama and suspense of an extraterrestrial thriller. . . . Read this book and you'll never look at soil the same way." --B&B Magazine "[This book] is a must read for any gardener looking to create a sustainable, healthy garden without chemicals." --Virginian-Pilot "It takes readers underground to meet the critters that live if you let them under the garden." --Rockland Courier-Gazette "All good gardeners know healthy plants start with healthy soil. But why? And how? In Teaming with Microbes Lowenfels and Lewis reveal the new research in the most practical and accessible way." --Anchorage Daily Newsshow more

Back cover copy

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. This revised edition updates the original text and includes two completely new chapters--on mycorrhizae (beneficial associations fungi form with green-leaved plants) and archaea (single-celled organisms once thought to be allied to bacteria).show more

About Jeff Lowenfels

Jeff Lowenfels is a prolific garden columnist whose extensive garden writing experience has earned him widespread recognition. He is a leading proponent of gardening using the concepts of the soil food web and founded 'Plant A Row for The Hungry', an welfare scheme that provided over 14 million meals to feed impoverished families in 2005. He is also the author of 'Teaming with Microbes' (Timber Press 2010).show more