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

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Author: Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis

Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis. 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;the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms whose interactions create a nurturing environment for plants.

“A breakthrough book. No comprehensive horticultural library should be without it.” —American Gardener

When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains plants, and then become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of toxic substances. Teaming with Microbes offers an alternative to this vicious circle, and details how to garden in a way that strengthens, rather than destroys, the soil food web. You’ll discover that healthy soil is teeming with life—not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. This must-have guide is for everyone, from those devoted to organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy plants without resorting to chemicals.

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