Soil Science for Gardeners: Working with Nature to Build Soil Health

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Soil Science for Gardeners: Working with Nature to Build Soil Health

by Robert Pavlis, 209 pages, 6x9, softcover. We needed this handy book, which makes soil science accessible and eminently useful to gardeners. Chapters are short, to the point and easily digestible. Pavlis corrects misconceptions and exposes myths about the nature of soil and how we as growers “should” tend to it. You’ll likely find yourself repeating: wow, I wish I knew that years ago! Section 1, “Understanding Soil,” covers structure, nutrients, soil life, organic matter, and roots and the rhizosphere. Section 2, “Solving Soil Problems,” begins with IDing and comprehending root causes and then discusses soil testing, plants as indicators, measuring and increasing microbes, boosting organic matter, modifying soil texture, addressing pH, and how specific techniques (such as tilling or mulching) affect soil. Section 3, “A Personalized Plan for Healthy Soil,” guides you through doing a soil assessment and developing an appropriate action plan. If Covid’s got you down, spend some time deepening your awareness of the soil that gives rise to the plants that sustain us. -John Paul Rietz


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