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Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition

By Jeff Lowenfels

If you really want to get a sense of how little we know about how plants use fertilizers…you should read Lowenfels' latest book.…Suffice to say, Lowenfels is a man who knows his anions.

Washington Post

Just as he demystified the soil food web in his ground-breaking book Teaming with Microbes, in this new work Jeff Lowenfels explains the basics of plant nutrition from an organic gardener's perspective.

Most gardeners realize that plants need to be fed but know little or nothing about the nature of the nutrients involved. Teaming with Nutrients explains the role of both macronutrients and micronutrients and shows gardeners how to provide these essentials through organic, easy-to-follow techniques. Along the way, Lowenfels offers accessible lessons in the biology, chemistry, and botany needed to understand how nutrients get to the plant and what they do once they're inside the plant.

Teaming with Nutrients will open your eyes to the importance of understanding the role of nutrients in healthy, productive organic gardens. In short, it will make you a better informed, more successful, more environmentally responsible gardener.

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Media reviews

"If you really want to get a sense of how little we know about how plants use fertilizers — and I count myself in this league — you should read Lowenfels' latest book, Teaming With Nutrients, which gets deep into the weeds, so to speak, of the microscopic architecture of plants and the biochemical processes at play.…Suffice to say, Lowenfels is a man who knows his anions."

—Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

"Books like Teaming With Nutrients (and Teaming With Microbes) are like adding better, sharper, more durable tools to your garden shed. ... Another great book from Lowenfels."

—Todd Heft, Big Blog of Gardening

"Your awe of plants and the lives they lead will increase if you 'just read it' and you'll never garden the same old way again"

—Molly Day, Muskogee Phoenix

"Colorful illustrations, plentiful and readable diagrams, and a well-executed chapter structure make this an indispensable resource."

Publishers Weekly

"Offers everyone else a crash course in discovering soil structure, fertility, and microbial actions powerful enough to turn a dry wash into a productive source of clean, slow, organically grown food, without a single bag of potting soil."

—Maureen Gilmer, Palm Springs Desert Sun

"In this book, Lowenfels offers a deeper understanding of the major and minor plant nutrients and delivers the necessary science in a conversational style that most gardeners will appreciate."

—Tom Karwin, Monterey County Herald

About the author

Jeff Lowenfels

Jeff Lowenfels has been writing an award-winning garden column for the Anchorage Dispatch News for over forty years. He is the founder of Plant a Row for the Hungry, a program that encourages all gardeners to donate one row to feed the hungry. A popular national garden writer and leading proponent of gardening using the concepts of the soil food web, Jeff is the former president of the Garden Writers Association. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and Portland, Oregon.

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