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The Soul Of Soil, The

A Soil Building Guide for Master Gardeners and Farmers
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Paperback Book
Chelsea Green
January, 1999
$35.95 CAD
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Soil is the basis not only for all gardening, but for all terrestrial life. No aspect of agriculture is more fundamental and important, yet we have been losing vast quantities of our finite soil resources to erosion, pollution, and development.

Now back in print, this eminently sensible and wonderfully well-focused book provides essential information about one of the most significant challenges for those attempting to grow food for the human community: the creation and maintenance of healthy soil.

The authors provide clear, concise explanations of the soil system, soil life and nutrient cycles—including technical essentials—without getting bogged down in scientific or quasi-scientific mumbo-jumbo. In addition, useful tables list specific compost materials, green manures, and other resources that allow growers to translate into action the more general information provided by the book.

Soil-building techniques described include organic matter management, on-site composting, cultivation and weed control, using mineral fertilizers, building and maintaining humus, green manures and rotations, nutrient balances and soil testing, and others.

All of us involved in the cultivation of plants—from the backyard gardener to the largest farmer—need to help regenerate a “living soil,” for only in the diversity of the soil and its creatures can we ensure the long-term health of ourselves and our environment. The Soul of Soil offers everyone a basic understanding of what soil is and what we can do to improve our own patch of it.

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