| ||Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web|
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. Devotees of organic gardening to weekend gardeners will learn to grow healthy, vigorous plants without resorting to chemicals. Of Teaming with Microbes (bold) and it's authors, Dr. Elaine Ingham says, "They present what could be deadly dull and boring in a way that is exciting and understandable.
Authors: Jeff Lowenfils & Wayne Lewis
Level: Adult/High School
Specs: Hard Cover, 6x9 inches, 196p. Photographs, charts, diagrams, index, appendix, resources. Forward by Dr. Elaine Ingham. Timber Press ISBN-13 9780881927771 ISBN-10 0881927775