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Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition

Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Lowenfels
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Now Jeff Lowenfels offers everyone else a crash course in discovering soil structure, fertility and microbial actions powerful enough to turn a dry wash into a productive source of clean, slow, organically grown food, without a single bag of potting soil. --Maureen Gilmer "The Desert Sun "

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Just as he demystified the soil food web in his ground-breaking book Teaming with Microbes, in this new work Jeff Lowenfels explains the basics of plant nutrition from an organic gardener’s perspective. Most gardeners realize that plants need to be fed but know little or nothing about the nature of the nutrients and the mechanisms involved. In his trademark down-to-earth, style, Lowenfels explains the role of both macronutrients and micronutrients and shows gardeners how to provide these essentials through organic, easy-to-follow techniques. Along the way, Lowenfels gives the reader easy-to-grasp lessons in the biology, chemistry, and botany needed to understand how nutrients get into  the plant and what they do once they’re inside. (Don’t worry: you won’t have to learn college-level science.) Teaming with Nutrients will make you a better informed, more successful, more environmentally responsible gardener and will give you a new appreciation for the plants you grow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2899 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeff Lowenfels is America's longest running garden columnist and leading proponent of Organic Gardening and Farming. Teaming With Microbes is an award winning book that has been translated into French, Korean and Slovian. He is a member in the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame, an association Fellow and past President. He has a radio show in Anchorage, Alaska (streaming world wide at and lectures around the world.

Lowenfels is known for his entertaining skills and sense of humor. His talks are always educational and fun. His second book will be out in June 2014.

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this is a perfect companion for "teaming with microbes" and a must for the organic gardener. It has greatly increased my knowledge of the whole subject of actively aerated compost tea (AACT) which if applied correctly appears to get amazing results. I was so impressed with the two books I have acquired the kit and will try it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book very informative 22 Jun 2014
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Read this in conjunction with Teaming with Microbes. Told me more about how plant nutrients are absorbed and transported than any other book on the subject. Concise, easy to read yet with sufficient detail to make it a useful guide for even the very experienced gardeners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 15 Sep 2013
By Karen
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There are lots of books on how to improve soil but few of them are as well written, clearly illustrated or as informative as this one. This book, combined with the earlier "Teaming with Microbes", should ideally find a place on any organic gardener's book shelf and rapidly become well thumbed as the information they contain is absorbed and put into good use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Excuse 6 Mar 2014
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Read this and never dig your garden again.
Even better, never feel bad about not digging it.
Best yet produce great veg with neither digging nor guilt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it! 17 May 2013
By Martha - Published on
"Just read it" is Lowenfels advice in the Introduction to "Teaming with Nutrients" and I second that.

Any gardener who has thought about how their plants actually eat the food we presume we are providing, will want to make time to read and think about "Teaming with Nutrients."

Not to ruin the ending for you, but here's a spoiler alert: We don't provide their food. Just as they have done for millions of years, plants can and do feed themselves. However, we gardeners can interfere with their ability to feed themselves by causing problems for them. Understanding their complexities is like gaining a deeper understanding of the people we want to know - we can give them more of what they need and avoid the practices that can do them harm.

Topics covered include: Plant cell parts, the basic chemistry involved in plant nutrients, the botany of nutrient-usage by plant tissues/organs, the 17-essential elements (macronutrients and micronutrients), how water moves through the soil and into the plant stems and leaves, nutrient movement within plants, how to apply the science you just learned to your gardening practices, and, recommended fertilizer recipes.

As a non-science major, I found the book challenging to read. As a gardener who is fascinated by the wonder of plants, I found the challenge worth my effort. If you, like me, are not a scientist and are not up-to-date on the latest cellular biology discoveries, you will thank Lowenfels many times for the useful 5-page Glossary in the back.

Your awe of plants and the lives they lead will increase if you "just read it" and you'll never garden the same old way again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tough read 19 Feb 2014
By TJ - Published on
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This is PhD level information.
This is not a gardeners quick read.
Purchase Jeff's other book instead. I love "Teaming with Microbes" It is a must read for EVERYONE, not just gardeners. I purchased this book because microbes was such a great read. This book is a significantly slower read, but provides you with more information than you can handle. Microbes was a fascinating book that I have read cover to cover 2x and constantly refer to. I recommend Microbes to all my friends. This one is just too slow and difficult to read and there isn't enough practical information for the common gardener.
Microbes should be distributed throughout America and on every dirt worshiping friends gift list.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every aspiring Organic Gardner! 25 May 2013
By Michael Krasula - Published on
I highly recommend both Teaming with Nutrients and Teaming with Microbes as I gained so much from each book and refer to Jeff's first book often and likely will do the same with this most recent book! Well done and thank you!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for eggheads. 19 Mar 2014
By Robert Parshall - Published on
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I went to college and my formal education was in the plant sciences (forestry). Never in my studies did we approach such detailed discussion of cell structure and associated functions. I think much of this was way too technical and was soon skipped by most readers. A great reference book for someone with a doctor's degree.
Some of the content was good information.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know ....and more 20 May 2013
By asdecker - Published on
Anyone with an interest in plants will take away great hands on tips from Lowenfels' newest compendium of information. Easy to read and reference; a must have for any gardener.
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