Best Soil Gardening Books
Here you will get Best Soil Gardening Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
1. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book)
Author: by Kate Messner
A companion to the new Over and Under the Pond and the beloved Over and Under the Snow, this sweet exploration of the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year “could not be more lovely,” according to the Washington Post.
Up in the garden, the world is full of greenleaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home.
In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves… And down in the dirt.
2. Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition
Author: by Jeff Lowenfels
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 lifenot 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.
3. Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
Author: by John Storey
Storey Publishing, LLC
Whether you live on a small suburban lot or have a many acres in the country, this inspiring collection will empower you to increase your self-sufficiently and embrace a more independent lifestyle. A variety of authors share their specialized knowledge and provide practical instructions for basic country skills like preserving vegetables, developing water systems, keeping farm animals, and renovating barns.
From sharpening an axe to baking your own bread, you’ll be amazed at the many ways learning traditional skills can enrich your life.
4. Let It Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Third Edition) (Storey's Down-To-Earth Guides)
Author: by Stu Campbell
Storey Publishing, LLC
Transform leaves, grass, and kitchen scraps into gardener’s gold! This easy-to-use guide shows you how to turn household garbage and backyard refuse into nutrient-filled compost that can nourish your soil and promote a thriving garden. You’ll soon be saving money, minimizing waste, and enjoying bountiful harvests.
5. Soil Science for Gardeners: Working with Nature to Build Soil Health (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)
Author: by Robert Pavlis
New Society Publishers
Build healthy soil and grow better plants Robert Pavlis, a gardener for over four decades, debunks common soil myths, explores the rhizosphere, and provides a personalized soil fertility improvement program in this three-part popular science guidebook. Healthy soil means thriving plants.
Yet untangling the soil food web and optimizing your soil health is beyond most gardeners, many of whom lack an in-depth knowledge of the soil ecosystem. Soil Science for Gardeners is an accessible, science-based guide to understanding soil fertility and, in particular, the rhizosphere the thin layer of liquid and soil surrounding plant roots, so vital to plant health.
Coverage includes: Soil biology and chemistry and how plants and soil interact Common soil health problems, including analyzing soil’s fertility and plant nutrients The creation of a personalized plan for improving your soil fertility, including setting priorities and goals in a cost-effective, realistic time frame.
Creating the optimal conditions for nature to do the heavy lifting of building soil fertility Written for the home gardener, market gardener, and micro-farmer, Soil Science for Gardeners is packed with information to help you grow thriving plants.
6. Capturing Sunlight, Book 1: Skills & Ideas for Intensive Grazing, Sustainable Pastures, Healthy Soils, & Grassfed Livestock
Author: by Woody Lane
There is magic in forages. The magic of sunlight and green leaves, and the miracle of photosynthesis. It’s the magic of legumes that pull nitrogen from the air to make proteins, of roots interacting with the soil, of plants capturing and storing carbon, and of the vast array of forages that contain the protein, fiber, and starch upon which livestock depend.
Sure, we can stand in awe of forages and speak glowingly about them. It certainly seems like magic, in a poetic sense. But making this magic work for us is a challenge. We must develop the skills and knowledge to grow and harvest forages effectively and sustainably.
This book offers a distillation of that knowledge to anyone interested in the modern concepts of grazingand especially to the grazier who raises livestock on forages. This is not a dry textbook or a collection of homey anecdotes or an it-worked-for-me magazine article.
Rather, here we get under the hood with down-to-earth essays on the practical skills and the underlying science. With a bit of humor now and then. In these pages you’ll find no-nonsense sciencethe chemistry and physiology of growing plants, the dark and hidden qualities of soil, the modern methods for describing fiber, the nutritional value of forages, and the principles of storing hay and silage.
7. Grow Your Soil!: Harness the Power of the Soil Food Web to Create Your Best Garden Ever
Author: by Diane Miessler
Growing awareness of the importance of soil health means that microbes are on the minds of even the most casual gardeners. After all, anyone who has ever attempted to plant a thriving patch of flowers or vegetables knows that what you grow is only as good as the soil you grow it in.
It is possible to create and maintain rich, dark, crumbly soil that’s teeming with life, using very few inputs and a no-till, no-fertilizer approach. Certified permaculture designer and lifelong gardener Diane Miessler presents the science of soil health in an engaging, entertaining voice geared for the backyard grower.
She shares the techniques she has used including cover crops, constant mulching, and a simple-but-supercharged recipe for compost tea to transform her own landscape from a roadside dump for broken asphalt to a garden that stops traffic, starting from the ground up.
8. The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food
Author: by Steve Solomon
New Society Publishers
Beyond organic a practical guide to nutrient-dense food To grow produce of the highest nutritional quality, the essential minerals lacking in our soil from intensive agriculture must be replaced. The Intelligent Gardener is the practical, step-by-step guide for any serious gardener who wants to: Demystify this process Debunk much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements Re-mineralize our soil.
Accompanied with customizable web-based spreadsheets, this toolkit calls for far more attention to detail than the simple addition of composted manure or NPK fertilizers. It conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy people. Vegetables, fruits, and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but centuries of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows.
As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half the vitamins and minerals that the equivalent serving would have contained a hundred years ago. This is a matter of serious concern, since poor nutrition has been linked to myriad health problems including cancer, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
9. The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening: Grow beautiful vegetables, herbs, and flowers – the easy way! Layer Your Way to Healthy Soil-Eliminate tilling … garden naturally-Reduce weeding and watering
Author: by Charlie Nardozzi
A lush, productive vegetable, herb, and flower garden doesn’t have to require endless hours of time and unlimited energy. No-dig gardening methods let you keep the rototiller in the shed and focus on what you like bestplanting and harvesting! With the step-by-step instructions in The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening, you’ll discover how to build healthy, easy-to-plant garden soil by adding layers of organic matter using one of several different no-dig techniques.
Whether you garden in a small, urban backyard or on several acres in the country, this simple approach lets you grow more food and blooms than ever before, and leave the gas-guzzling tiller behind forever. Plus, when you don’t disturb the soil, weed seeds stay buried deep where they can’t germinate and carbon is kept sequestered in the ground.
No-dig gardening techniques also lead to reduced watering needs and a healthy population of beneficial soil microbes that help feed your plants by breaking down organic matter and releasing nutrients. In addition to extolling the endless benefits of no-dig growing, author and veggie-growing expert Charlie Nardozzi hands you the tools you need to: Create a new no-dig garden from scratchTransition an existing garden to the no-dig methodBuild the most productive, nutrient-rich soil possibleRecycle yard waste by building a Hugelkultur planting mound Discover more about some great variations of no-dig gardening, including raised beds and containersBring your no-dig garden indoors for a continuous harvest Welcome oodles of fresh, homegrown veggies, herbs, and flowers into your lifewith no back-breaking work required!
10. Mycorrhizal Planet: How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility
Author: by Michael Phillips
Chelsea Green Publishing
Grow beautiful garden plants with rich soil you produce yourself! Complete guide to learning the sustainable, low-cost way to produce rich, fertile soil for your specific gardenRecycle your household waste in an environmentally efficient manner to grow beautiful fruits, vegetables, and flowersPerfect for any size garden, whether you have a small space in the city or are a large-scale gardener in a rural areaEverything compost: what it is, how it works, how to make it, how to store it, and how to use itWhat you can and cannot compost, the best methods for each material, how long it takes to rot, and other important notesValuable insight on organic gardening, community composting, worm composting, various techniques, FAQs, and moreHelp your garden to flourish the natural way!
Whether you have experience with compost or are a beginner who has always wanted to learn more and see how you can incorporate composting into your lifestyle, this book provides everything you’ll need to know. From understanding what compost is, how it works, and ways to make it, to how to use and store it, this handbook, written in clear and simple terms, carefully explains the sustainable, low-cost way to produce rich soil in your backyard.
12. Gardening for Geeks: All the Science You Need for Successful Organic Gardening (CompanionHouse Books) Step-by-Step Processes with Diagrams, Expert Tips, & Nerdy Details on Soil Biology, Botany, & More
Author: by Christy Wilhelmi
Know the nature of your garden! The ultimate resource to organic gardening for people who want to learn the science behind it allStep-by-step processes, helpful diagrams, and expert tips on best practicesLearn the biology and ecology of how plants work, how soil lives, how bugs help, and moreExpert advice on planning, planting, garden beds, irrigation, pest control, garden ecosystems, harvesting, storage, and compostingThe perfect organic gardening guide and gateway into all things gardening, this updated and redesigned edition of Gardening for Geeks provides everything you need to know about designing, building, and sustaining the garden of your dreams!
Filled with step-by-step processes, helpful diagrams, and expert tips on the best practices, this book covers it all for anyone who dreams of gardening, even if you’re a city dweller! Starting off with the beginner-friendly basics, then progressing into more advanced, in-depth concepts for a wide scope of gardening strategies and techniques, this is a comprehensive and geeky look at your favorite hobby.
13. The Ultimate Guide to Soil: The Real Dirt on Cultivating Crops, Compost, and a Healthier Home
Author: by Anna Hess
Skyhorse (July 19, 2016)
Grow twice the fruits and vegetables in half the space on the farm, in the backyard, or in your window! Have you noticed the extraordinary flavors and yields emanating from even a small garden when the soil is just right?
If you’ve ever been envious of your neighbor’s dirt or just curious about homesteading, then The Ultimate Guide to Soil is perfect for you. The book begins with a personality test for your soil, then uses that information to plan a course of action for revitalizing poor soil and turning good dirt into great earth.
Next, you’ll learn to start and maintain a no-till garden, to balance nutrients with remineralization, and to boost organic matter with easy cover crops. Don’t forget the encyclopedic overview of organic soil amendments at the end. Old standbys like manures and mulches are explained in depth along with less common additions such as bokashi compost and castings from worms and black soldier fly larvae.
Learn when hugelkultur, biochar, paper, and cardboard do and don’t match your garden needs, then read about when and how to safely use urine and humanure around edible plantings. With an emphasis on simple techniques suitable for the backyard gardener, The Ultimate Guide to Soil gives you the real dirt on good soil.
14. Turfgrass Science and Management
Author: by Robert Emmons
Featuring green environmental practices and current information from recognized leaders in the field, the fifth edition of TURFGRASS SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT invites you into the thriving turfgrass industry. Designed for both aspiring and practicing turfgrass managers, the book explains the science behind plant growth and soil properties and how to evaluate, establish and maintain a variety of green spaces, including golf courses, athletic fields, and landscaped lawns.
In addition, TURFGRASS SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT offers a review of critical math skills, an inside look at careers opportunities, and practical advice on effective business management practices to help prepare you for success!
15. The Non-Toxic Farming Handbook
Author: by Philip A. Wheeler
Teaches farmers, growers and serious gardeners how to farm without dangerous chemicals.
16. The Gardener's Guide To Starting Seeds Indoors For Self-Sufficient Backyard Homesteaders: Discover How To Sow, Germinate, & Transplant All The Veggies, Herbs, Flowers & Fruits You Love Most
Author: by Elizabeth Grove
Lookin’ to get an early start on your garden? To be more self-sufficient?To save money? Are you ready to start seeds indoors? Then click read more’ below! So, you want to grow your garden from the start of the seedPerhaps, you have experience starting seeds outdoors but want to discover what it takes to start them indoors!
Or you are a complete beginner to gardening and want to learn from the start of the seed! Or you are somewhere in between where you have gardening experience but have grown an interest in starting your plants from the seed!
Starting seeds is one of the most important skills to have in becoming more self-sufficient. And let’s face it, who doesn’t want to start their gardens earlier? Whether or not you have gardened before, if you have never grown plants from seeds, then that means you have to rely on someone else to get those plants; local stores, friends, etc.
This book will allow you to become 100% self-reliant in growing plants from seeds this season and all the years to come and have the most fun doing it! In The Gardener’s Guide to Starting Seeds Indoors for Self-Sufficient Backyard Homesteaders,you will discover:How fun it is to start seeds!