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Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition [Kindle Edition]

Wayne Lewis , Jeff Lowenfels
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This very well illustrated hardback is a scientific view of many different kinds of soil microbes which include bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, nematodes and many others. --Maureen Gilmer "The Desert Sun "

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Smart gardeners know that soil is anything but an inert substance. 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. By eschewing jargon and overly technical language, the authors make the benefits of cultivating the soil food web available to a wide audience, from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants without resorting to chemicals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6076 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Revised edition (10 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K8HACU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teeming with Microbes - soil food web 28 July 2011
This is a must read for all gardeners, green warriors, ecologists and anyone intersted in cutting edge science news. An exciting read with lots of beautiful pictures, it will change how you look at the world around you.

Plants are in control, they create nutrients, help microbes (organisms only visible under the microscope) and choose how they use them, the more plants you grow and the more varied they are, the more fertile your soil, the more fertile it is the more microbes there are e.g.A teaspoon of soil can contain 10,000 to 100,000 green algae, billions of bacteria and several yards of fungi and lots more besides. There are still millions of different types of microbes waiting to be discovered and examined.
Teeming with microbes describes how plants need all the animals under the soil - bacteria, fungi, nematodes, protazoa, bugs, creepy crawlies, worms, moles (and even slugs) etc. A chapter is devoted to each organism, describing what they look like, what they do and how we can garden to encourage both larger quantities of them and the right balance. Different plants need a different balance. Microbes in the soil provide all the nutrients, the protection and right environment that plants need to flourish and be healthy but they are destroyed by things such as digging, ploughing, pesticides, weedkillers and chemical fertilisers, they are helped by compostings, compost teas, mulching and organic growing practices.

Exploration science with the microscope is now unearthing the amazing world beneath our feet and composting is cutting edge science!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's better than I thought it would be 1 July 2011
I bought this book for my husband as he is a keen gardener.He is amazed at the amount of information that there is in it,also finds it hard to put down.He feels as if he is just getting to know his garden all over again.FANTASTIC>
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Invisible made tangible 3 April 2011
Marvellous and somewhat basic knowledge every farmer and gardener should have if being serious. Easy to read without lacking in-depth info. Makes you realize how vibrant with life the world is under what we perceive as innate soil. Recommendable!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best gardening book I've ever read! 19 May 2014
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I've bought a huge library of gardening books ( a rather expensive habit) over the years, but this has to be the most interesting and relevant. Also very readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, very useful book 22 Jun 2014
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an excellent book, I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has in interest in being a better gardener. I have been growing vegetables organically for over 20 years and this book managed to explain why many of the techniques that I have been using (without fully understanding why) actually work. I went on to read teaming with nutrients and that was good too.
Gardeners buy them both you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brain Changer! 11 Feb 2014
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Totally changed my way of thinking when it comes to growing food, no more digging for me! It was really fascinating to learn about the soil biology and its relationship with plants. Although it's quite scientifically written (some re-reading was required) it was very understandable. Would highly recommend this book to others wanting to learn about low-impact, sustainable methods of growing food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I had no idea what was going on in the soil until I read Teaming with...
A great book I will be making a lot more compost from now on especially from fallen leaves mixed with used coffee grounds (From our local coffee shop) there is a whole army out... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teaming with Microbes
IF you ever wondered what really goes on in your soil this is a good easy to understand book .It will change the way you think about gardening .
Published 10 months ago by Walking The Line
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn how to garden sustainably... This is your book
I have only read the first few chapters and I am hooked already. These guys make some technical stuff really easy to understand. Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. S. Trees
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Recommend this book to anyone with greenfingers who wish to grow greener/organic plants, an easy to understand and very enlightening read.
Published 17 months ago by Ian Richard Tyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Life in the soil
For me this is a ground breaking and fantastic book for anyone who wants to learn about real gardening and how to put nourishment into your plants and vegetables. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mr aaron southgate
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This is an important book. It is required reading for all gardeners. All organic gardeners will realise they are on the right tracks. Read more
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