Secrets to Great Soil: A Grower's Guide to Composting, Mulching, and Creating Healthy, Fertile Soil for Your Garden and Lawn

Overview

Learn all the secrets for creating fertile, productive soil anywhere. With more than 300 detailed illustrations and at-a-glance charts, Secrets to Great Soil solves all your soil problems and gives you techniques for year-round soil building.

InSecrets to Great Soil you'll find:

• The basics of soil pH and nutrients

• Quick methods for making compost

• Instructions for using organic mulches, soil amendments, and fertilizers

• Ways to customize your soil for a variety of ...

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Overview

Learn all the secrets for creating fertile, productive soil anywhere. With more than 300 detailed illustrations and at-a-glance charts, Secrets to Great Soil solves all your soil problems and gives you techniques for year-round soil building.

InSecrets to Great Soil you'll find:

• The basics of soil pH and nutrients

• Quick methods for making compost

• Instructions for using organic mulches, soil amendments, and fertilizers

• Ways to customize your soil for a variety of vegetables, flowers, fruits, trees, shrubs, and lawns

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What this book lacks in pizzazz it makes up for in practicality. Although Stell's crisp, no-nonsense presentation is as utilitarian as a sturdy trowel, she packs in an impressive amount of information. Some of the discussions are fairly technicalsoil acidity and nutrients, for exampleand may initially be daunting to novices, but the lively layout (an abundance of illustrative line drawings, charts and sidebar features such as "Master Gardening Tips" and "Hints for Success") keeps the material accessible. Stell leaves no stone unturned in exploring her subject, whether instructing on how to identify particular types of soils, remedy deficiencies, improve problem soils or zero in on the needs of specific plants. She's thorough, presenting, for instance, not one or two but half a dozen different composting methods. The book may not dazzle readers with its style, but it's a valuable resource they'll no doubt find themselves turning to time and again. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580170086
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/2/1998
  • Series: Gardening Skills Illustrated Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 503,074
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

A life-long avid organic gardener, Elizabeth Stell was a childhood composter who persuaded her parents to turn over a few square feet of suburban yard to her trench composting experiment. This success at an early age led to her interest in botany, soil science and environmental studies in college. She has managed the herb gardens at the Hancock Shaker Village, worked in the Comstock, Ferre greenhouse, volunteered at San Francisco's Strybing Arboretum, and has edited many projects. Stell contributed to the Holt Dictionary of Ecology and Environmental Science as well as Rodale's Landscaping with Perennials. Her Storey title is Secrets to Great Soil. She is currently a horticultural consultant and editor for the IMP Gardening Made Easy project.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Get to Know Your Soil

2 Creating Fertile Soil

3 Soil-Building Techniques

4 Making and Using Compost

5 Mulches, Amendments, and Green Manures

6 How to Choose and Apply Fertilizers

7 Improving New Sites and Problem Soils

8 Fine-Tuning Tips for Specific Plants

9 A Soil-Care Calender

Appendixes

Earthworm Suppliers

Soil Analysis Laboratories

Recognizing Nutrient Deficiencies

Additional Reading

Useful Conversions

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