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Stay Grounded
Soil Building for Sustainable Gardens
By (author): Melinda Cordell
9781570673955 Paperback, Trade English GARDENING / Techniques Sep 01, 2020
$18.95 CAD
Active 5.9 x 8.9 x 0.5 in | 180 gr 128 pages Book Publishing
When you start thinking of soil as a living organism that has to be fed, your whole view of gardening changes. But keep in mind that soil-building is not a one-time operation ? it?s a process. Learn the tricks of the trade from a longtime horticultural expert who explains that the key to well-fed and happy plants lies in constantly replacing the humus, or the organic material, that is essential for releasing nutrients in a form that?s easily absorbed by plant roots. Chemical fertilizers will not add humus to the soil. These are merely nutritional supplements; plants and their soil need real food. There are numerous ways that soil fertility can be increased with a minimum of effort, and without needing to purchase a lot of things. From earthworms, green manures, and cover crops to mulching, composting, and no-till gardening, you?ll find wise advice in an easy-to-understand style with a good dose of humor. Along with a list of sixty weird things you didn?t realize you could compost is a section on organic soil amendments. This treasure trove of gardening knowledge will make your soil building experience as easy as possible.

Melinda R. Cordell has had more than twenty years of experience as a municipal horticulturist, rose garden potentate, landscape designer, and greenhouse manager. A long-time garden writer with 11 books in the Easy-Growing Gardening series, her other writing interest is young adult novels. She lives in northwest Missouri with her husband and two children.

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• An expert horticulturist explains the process of building up the quality of garden soil that is essential for achieving good yields.

• There are numerous ways that soil fertility can be increased with a minimum of effort and without needing to purchase quantities of soil amendments. 

• Urban and rural gardeners can transform their kitchen waste and other organic matter into valuable compost, also known as “black gold.”

• Readers will learn about what nutrients their soil needs and how to add them, along with the value of earthworms for creating and maintaining good quality soil.

• Tips are provided on how to efficiently replace poor-quality soil with a good layer of topsoil.

• Wise advice on topics such as whether to till or not, mulching, cover crops, and compost tea is conveyed in an easy-to-understand style with a good dose of humor.
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