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

By Jeff Lowenfels

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.

Washington Post

Most gardeners realize that plants need to be fed, but many of us know little about the nature of the science involved. In Teaming with Nutrients, Jeff Lowenfels explains the basics of plant nutrition from an organic gardener’s perspective. In his trademark down-to-earth, style, Lowenfels 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 provides easy-to-grasp lessons in the biology, chemistry, and botany needed to understand how nutrients get into the plant and what they do once they’re inside.

Media reviews

"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."

Washington Post

"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."

Palm Springs Desert Sun

"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"

Muskogee Phoenix

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

Publishers Weekly

"Useful and practical information on soil testing, natural and synthetic fertilizers, factors influencing availability of nutrients, and the importance of proper fertilizing."

Pacific Horticulture

"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."

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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