Building Soils Naturally


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,

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 to 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.

Note: If you’re ordering books only, the shipping fee may be too high – if that’s the case, I’ll notice it on my end and I’ll send you a partial refund on the shipping.


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Author: Phil Nauta

Publisher: Acres USA; 1st edition (July 31, 2012)

Paperback: 303 pages

ISBN: 978-1601730336

Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.1 x 1.0 inches


About the Author:

PhilPhil Nauta grew up working for his parents in their garden centre, 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 runs to help people grow their own organic, nutrient-dense food.