Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web (Revised Edition)
Should be required reading for everyone lucky enough to own a piece of land.
The 2011 Garden Writers of America Gold Award for Best Book proves 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.
- Format: Hardcover
- Pages: 220 pp.
- Book dimensions: 6 x 9 in. (230 x 150 mm.)
- Images: 88 color photos, 18 charts and diagrams
- ISBN-10: 1604691131
- ISBN-13: 9781604691139
- Product code: 689113
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"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."
—Kym Pokorny, Oregonian
"Required reading for all serious gardeners."
"A must read for any gardener looking to create a sustainable, healthy garden without chemicals."
"Sure, it’s a gardening book, but it has all the drama and suspense of an extraterrestrial thriller. A cast of characters without eyeballs or backbones. Battle scenes with bizarre creatures devouring one another. Only this book is about as terrestrial as it gets."
—Anchorage Daily News
"Digs into soil in a most enlightening and entertaining way."
—Dallas Morning News
"Read this book and you’ll never think of soil the same way."
"This intense little book may well change the way you garden."
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A breakthrough book ... well worth owning and reading. No comprehensive horticultural library should be without it."