Teaming with Microbes is a guide to gardening 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 destructive and often toxic chemicals.
In Teaming with Nutrients, author Jeff Lowenfels demystifies organic plant nutrition, going beyond a how-to on feeding plants to discussing 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 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—no college-level science required.
Mary Appelhof, master vermiculturist better known as"The Worm Woman,"wrote this comprehensive how-to on worm composting, including sections on equipment, care, harvesting and worm biology. Mary has put her master's degrees in biology and education to good use; she spent the past 25 years studying earthworms and developed a successful system for using redworms to process organic waste. In this book, Mary shares her secrets on composting with the novice, teaching the reader how to recycle kitchen food waste, produce rich worm castings for fertilizer and grow fishing worms. Readers following Mary through this informative, light-hearted book will become worm experts too. Excellent companion to the Worm Farm composter. Paperback; 162 pages with charts, diagrams, illustrations and glossary.
What’s Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?) is an innovative and easy-to-use guide to visually diagnosing plant problems and matching them to the right cure. Photographs and easy-to-follow, illustrated flow charts allow readers to accurately identify the symptoms of molds, pests, diseases, environmental factors and improper growing conditions in plants of all types. For every diagnosis, the book offers a 100 percent organic solution. An indispensable resource for indoor and outdoor growers alike.
Bradley, Fern Marshall, and Barbara W. Ellis, eds. Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia Of Organic Gardening. Emmaus: Rodale Press, 1997. The Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening is a compilation of over 400 entries by gardening experts across the country. Diagrams and instructions on everything and anything organic. The book is a 690-page paperback and includes an index and a suggested reading list.
The fifth and latest edition in George F. Van Patten's authoritative and engaging series is packed with all-new information that all gardeners will find useful, whether a novice or a seasoned gardener. From seeding to harvest and every step in between, this impressive volume illustrates its lessons with over 670 full color photographs, easy to read charts and graphs, and simple lessons that eschew technical jargon so gardeners of any experience level can take advantage of them.
The title says it all for the book. The 80 full-color pages cover the nuts and bolts of gardening indoors with hydroponics. Author George Van Patten discusses general plant science, growing media, hydroponic systems, pest and disease diagnosis and prevention, environmental control and more. Get the book, get the basics and get growing.
Sylvia Bernstein’s definitive do-it-yourself resource is focused on giving readers all the tools they need to create their own aquaponic system. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain every step of starting and maintaining a healthy system. This accessible book is infused with humor and warmth, using quotes, stories and images from actual aquaponic gardeners throughout. Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible, and well-illustrated guide. Paperback; 288 pages.
This richly illustrated book will help boost indoor harvests to levels never thought possible. From amateur gardening to high-tech grow rooms, Hydroponics for Everybody offers everything about the art of hydroponics. From the ABCs to the most guarded secrets, this is the go-to book for any hydroponics question. Author William Texier is an innovator in the hydroponics industry. He currently manages research and development at General Hydroponics in Europe with a team of researchers from the University of California. With 30 years in the field, he's considered one of the most knowledgeable hydroponics experts worldwide.
This richly illustrated book will help boost indoor harvests to levels never thought possible. From amateur gardening to high-tech grow rooms, Hydroponics for Everybody (Spanish version) offers everything about the art of hydroponics. From the ABCs to the most guarded secrets, this is the go-to book for any hydroponics question. Author William Texier is an innovator in the hydroponics industry. He currently manages research and development at General Hydroponics in Europe with a team of researchers from the University of California. With 30 years in the field, he's considered one of the most knowledgeable hydroponics experts worldwide.