Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Book Review: The Soil Food Web


"Teaming with Microbes, A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web" - Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis [Timber Press]

No one fertilizes an old growth forest. Neither does anyone till, dig, rake or weed it either.

The Soil Food Web is another universe of life that takes place naturally, without our help. However, when we follow traditional gardening advice, we get in the way of nature and thus, we work harder, not smarter.

This book explains the what, who, when, where and why that takes place unseen to the naked eye under our feet. There is a magical symbiosis taking place that has been intuitively known for years but now can be scientifically proven.

It makes a strong case for relying simply on compost, mulch and water, and no more digging and tilling every season. I like this idea, it follows the mindset of simple living and follows nature as a guide. With this knowledge we can help enhance the natural processes that take place to improve our soil and its fertility and thus the life and food that grows from it.

This book does handle complex subjects but is written for the average gardener to understand. It will give you a sense of excitement knowing your actions are helping to keep the magic alive below your feet!

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