Teaming With Microbes

Teaming With Microbes

A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web

Book - 2006
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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. : Timber Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780881927771
0881927775
Branch Call Number: 631.4
Characteristics: 196 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Wayne 1942-

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GordBaird Nov 18, 2012

This is a great book, that allows one to easily understand the concepts of soil life. It lays the science out so clearly that even if you had been the type of gardner that relied on purchased chemicals and amendments, it is easy to change your practices quickly. Will be using this book in our Permaculture courses.

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