Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition by Jeff Lowenfels, Wayne Lewis 1604691131 9781604691139
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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 othernbsp; micoorganisms. When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and thus become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of artificial, often toxic, substances. But there is an alternative to this vicious cycle. We can garden in a way that strengthens the soil food web-the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms whose interactions create a nurturing environment for plants.Teaming with Microbes extols the benefits of cultivating the soil food web. First it clearly explains the activities and organisms that make up the web. Next, it explains how gardeners can cultivate the life of the soil through the use of compost, mulches, and compost tea. The revised edition updates theoriginal text and includes two completely new chapters-on mycorrhizae (beneficial associations fungi form with green-leaved plants) and archaea (single-celled organisms once thought to be allied to bacteria).With Jeff Lowenfels' help, everyone-from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants without resorting to chemicals-can create rich, nurturing, living soil.nbsp      

Author: Jeff Lowenfels, Wayne Lewis

Language: English

Edition: Revised

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 220

Publisher: Timber Press

Publication Date: 2010-02-24


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