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Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web

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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 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.

Table of Contents

The basic science. What is the soil food web and why should gardeners care? — Classic soil science — Bacteria — 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 — 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 — Appendix. The soil food web gardening rules.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604690224
Publisher:
Timber Press
Subject:
Gardening : Organic
Author:
Lowenfels, Jeff
Author:
Lewis, Wayne
Subject:
Gardening : Techniques
Subject:
Technology & Engineering : Agriculture - Agronomy - Soil Sci
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main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
June 2006
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Home and Garden » Gardening » Organic Gardening
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Soil
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Microbiology
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