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Teaming with microbes : the organic gardener's guide to the soil food web

Author: Jeff Lowenfels; Wayne Lewis
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, [2016] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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This book provides information on ways to strengthen and cultivate the soil food web to grow healthy plants without the use of chemicals. Smart gardeners know that 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Lowenfels; Wayne Lewis
ISBN: 9781604691139 1604691131
OCLC Number: 1020413009
Description: 220 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The Basic Science. What is the soil food web and why should gardeners care? ; Classic soil science ; Bacteria ; Archaea ; Fungi ; Algae and slime molds ; Protozoa ; Nematodes ; Arthropods ; Earthworms ; Gastropods ; Reptiles, mammals, and birds --
Applying Soil Food Web Science to Yard and Garden Care. How the soil food web applies to gardening ; What do your soil food webs look like? ; Tools for restoration and maintenance ; Compost ; Mulch ; Compost teas ; Mycorrhizal fungi --
The lawn --
Maintaining trees, shrubs, and perennials ; Growing annuals and vegetables ; A simple soil food web garden calendar ; No one ever fertilized an old growth forest --
The soil food web gardening rules.
Responsibility: Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis ; foreword by Elaine Ingham.

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Healthy soil is teeming with life not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. This title lists the benefits of cultivating the soil food  Read more...

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"A breakthrough book. . . . well worth owning and reading. No comprehensive horticultural library should be without it." --American Gardener "Digs into soil in a most enlightening and entertaining Read more...

 
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