Teaming With Microbes

Teaming With Microbes

The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web

Book - 2010
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Healthy soil teems with life--not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. Chemical fertilizers injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and the soil becomes increasingly dependent on artificial, often toxic, substances. But there is an alternative: by strengthening the soil food web--the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms--gardeners can create a nurturing environment for plants. Teaming with Microbes extols the benefits of cultivating the soil food web. It clearly explains the activities and organisms that make up the web, and explains how gardeners can cultivate the life of the soil through the use of compost, mulches, and compost tea. With Jeff Lowenfels' help, everyone--from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants--can create rich, nurturing, living soil.

Publisher: Portland, Oregon ; London : Timber Press, 2010
Edition: Revised edition
ISBN: 9781604691139
1604691131
Characteristics: 220 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Wayne 1942-- Contributor

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anne_T_artichoke
Sep 26, 2011

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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