This is Pantry founder Phil's first book, and it's fabulous!
Most produce from the grocery store doesn't have the nutrition that it used to have, so more and more people are becoming interested in growing their own food: nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.
Building Soils Naturally shows gardeners how to grow more nutritious food and have more healthy, pest-resistant flowers and ornamental plants.
Whether experienced or just getting started, gardeners are likely to encounter some perplexing (and common) setbacks:
"My favorite section was on how to increase your garden’s soil microbe web by adding a number of preparations... Building Soils Naturally will be especially helpful to those transitioning to organic gardening for the first time or who have garden or lawn soil which has been decimated by years of neglect or chemical abuse."
Todd Heft, BigBlogOfGardening.com
"...gives the reader a complete education in all things soil, from recognizing the effects of poor soil on our plants to helping us improve and care for it responsibly."
"...has the potential to fundamentally change the way you look at your garden. I know that in the past two weeks as I’ve been reading the book, I’ve made changes and started brainstorming about things I want to do this season and into the future."
We've all been there before: Certain fruit and vegetable plants that don't produce as expected, ornamental plants that fail to thrive, and plant predators that chew plants to the ground.
All of these issues point to plants that aren't at optimum health. So, what could be wrong?
Plants may be lacking in proper nutrition, missing beneficial microorganism companions, or short of energy to reach their full nutrient-dense potential.
The advice most often given is start with the soil, but what specific steps should gardeners do? Building Soils Naturally shows how to create productive, living soil using a simple, practical, hands-on plan that includes:
* Using compost and microbial inoculants to balance the soil food web
* Controlling plant predators and weeds forever, without chemicals
* Soil testing and full-spectrum organic fertilizing
Healthy soil doesn't happen just by composting, fertilizing or using companion planting. It happens by using a holistic approach - outlined in this book and crafted right in the garden.
Free Bonus: People who buy the book will get access to over 4.5 hours of audio of Phil going over the general concepts in the book - some people learn better by listening, and it’s also something you can do while you’re commuting, exercising or gardening.
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Author: Phil Nauta
Publisher: Acres USA; 1st edition (July 31, 2012)
Paperback: 303 pages
Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.1 x 1.0 inches
About the Author:
Phil Nauta grew up working for his parents in their garden center, maintaining the nursery stock and landscaping. He was also in charge of maintaining their 9-hole golf course while he went to university. He then completed a Certificate in Organic Landscape Management from Gaia College and later taught courses there. Since then, he has played many roles in the organic gardening world, starting a gardening business called Only Organic, and then The Organic Gardener's Pantry to supply high quality organic fertilizers. He received Permaculture Design and Sustainable Building and Design certificates and became a Certified Organic Land Care Professional. Phil works with his wife Heather, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, to help people improve their health and the health of their gardens and the planet through the SmilingGardener.com website, sharing innovative methods with organic growers worldwide.