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1. The Importance of Soil. 2. Soil Origin and Development. 3. Soil Classification and Survey. 4. Physical Properties of Soil. 5. Life in the Soil. 6. Organic Matter. 7. Soil Water. 8. Water Conservation. 9. Drainage and Irrigation. 10. Soil Fertility. 11. Soil pH and Salinity. 12. Plant Nutrition. 13. Soil Sampling and Testing. 14. Fertilizers. 15. Organic Amendments. 16. Tillage and Cropping Systems. 17. Horticultural Uses of Soil. 18. Soil Conservation. 19. Urban Soil. 20. Government Agencies and Programs. Appendices. 1. Some Basic Chemistry. 2. Soil Orders of the United States. 3. Soil Horizon Symbol Suffixes. 4. Land Evaluation. 5. Preferred Soil Characteristics for Selected Trees. Glossary. Index.

About the Author

Edward Plaster has taught horticulture and soil science for more than 30 years. He belongs to the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) and the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). A former ASHS Certified Professional Horticulturist, Professor Plaster remains active in several national and local trade organizations, certification and accreditation programs, including the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and Associated Landscape Contractors of America. Professor Emeritus from Dakota County Technical College, Mr. Plaster continues to make professional presentations about soils to various organizations.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d94e7bc) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cfbf3c0) out of 5 stars Entertaining enough for the layman 3 Mar. 2015
By Homesteader - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not really the intended audience of this book, being a home gardener rather than a student, but I enjoyed it just the same. The book is much easier to read than I expected, with plenty of white space and pictures to make it easy on the eyes. I was interested to see the inclusion of topics like city gardening, an in-depth look at animal manures, and even a cameo appearance of permaculture in addition to the basics that you'd expect.

But the heart of the book, of course, is a look at what makes soil do its job, and that part of the book really helped fill in a lot of gaps in my education. I'm confident I'll make better choices in the garden now with this book's information under my belt. Yes, I would have preferred not to pay $180 for a used copy of a book, but none of the soil books geared to laymen that I've read so far have been worth their salt. So I guess a textbook is worth the higher price if it really delivers.
HASH(0x8dd1b228) out of 5 stars Good Book 2 Oct. 2015
By Timothy Dirksen - Published on Amazon.com
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A little strange how you can get an international book in America, even though it says you can't. But other than that, it is a very nice book. It does a great job of explaining the concepts, and has plenty of examples. So far I haven't noticed any difference between the international edition, and the normal edition.
HASH(0x8dd1b12c) out of 5 stars Written for understanding, good for pros and for the above average gardener. 15 Nov. 2013
By Mary E. Visco - Published on Amazon.com
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If your an above average gardener who wishes to understand your soil this is for you. It is also a good reference to keep on hand for the professional.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e0dd324) out of 5 stars Plaster, you Magnificent Professor, I Read your Book! 18 May 2014
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
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Of all the books I have purchased for school, this is by far the most expensive. Undeniably, it is also one of the most useful and well made books I have ever owned too. It contains beautiful color photographs and charts that will help the reader understand soil science.

Although a great book, I traded it in because it is not good enough for everyday reference. It is set up for instruction not for reference. Also, the book contains many vaguely worded practice problems that were of zero help. Nevertheless, if you take a soil class and buy this book you will not be disappointed. Then, you can exclaim in a George C. Scott style voice, "Plaster, you Magnificent Professor, I Read your Book!"
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HASH(0x90c9eabc) out of 5 stars I think it does a good job of covering a wide range of topics having ... 11 Jan. 2015
By julian lucas - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to purchase this book for a Soil Science class. I think it does a good job of covering a wide range of topics having to do with soil science. Some of the more chemistry-oriented chapters are hard to follow. I know the section on clay micelles was particularly painful for me. But that's not really the textbook's fault, is it? Chances are, if you're buying this book you're doing it because it's required for a class, so it's not like my review is going to make much of a difference anyway.
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