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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Obviously, plant nutrition is the key to successful organic gardening. This new book by Teaming with Microbes author Jeff Lowenfels is a back-to-basics guide to improving and maintaining the quality of your plants. Nowhere in Teaming with Nutrients does its writer assume that readers possess proficiency in botany, biology, and chemistry, but he does offer accessible tutorials in the science behind his growing strategies. A reader-friendly guide for environmentally responsible gardeners. (P.S. Jeff Lowenfels is a popular national gardening writer and is also the founder of Plant a Row for The Hungry, a program that has created 14 million meals to feed the hungry.)

Publishers Weekly
05/20/2013
Colorful illustrations, plentiful and readable diagrams, and a well-executed chapter structure make this an indispensable resource for the serious organic farmer who did not major in organic chemistry. Lowenfels (Teaming with Microbes) has packed as much helpful information into this volume about how plants absorb nutrients as there are nutrients in a single plant cell—that is, lots. The book is weighty on the scientific level, but accessible. Each chapter builds on the previous one and concludes with a summary bullet-point section called “Summing Up.” (Some readers may benefit from reading the summary bullet points first.) Not all of the technical information presented here will be suited to every organic farmer, but every farmer will benefit from some element in the book—if nothing else, from Grandpa Al’s Can’t Fail Recipe for organic fertilizer. For organic farmers who take the book seriously, it will forever change the way they look at the “back forty.” (May 14)
Organic Plant Magic Blog - Todd Heft
“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.”
The Monterey County Herald - Maureen Gilmer
Teaming with Nutrients is a terrific follow up to Teaming with Microbes by asking and answering the next big question – How do plants absorb nutrients?”
Big Blog of Gardening
“In this book, Lowenfels offers a deeper understanding of the major and minor plant nutrients and delivers the necessary science in a conversational style that most gardeners will appreciate.”
The Desert Sun
'Books like Teaming With Nutrients (and Teaming With Microbes) are like adding better, sharper, more durable tools to your garden shed… Another great book from Lowenfels.'
From the Publisher
“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.”
Muskogee Phoenix - Molly Day
“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.”
Organic Plant Magic Blog
Teaming with Nutrients is a terrific follow up to Teaming with Microbes by asking and answering the next big question – How do plants absorb nutrients?”
Muskogee Phoenix - Tom Karwin
“Colorful illustrations, plentiful and readable diagrams, and a well-executed chapter structure make this an indispensable resource.”
Muskogee Phoenix - Molly Day
“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.”
Organic Plant Magic Blog
Teaming with Nutrients is a terrific follow up to Teaming with Microbes by asking and answering the next big question – How do plants absorb nutrients?”
The Monterey County Herald - Tom Karwin
“In this book, Lowenfels offers a deeper understanding of the major and minor plant nutrients and delivers the necessary science in a conversational style that most gardeners will appreciate.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604693140
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 184,120
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Lowenfels is a weekly columnist for the Anchorage Daily News. He is the founder of Plant a Row for The Hungry, a program that has created over 14 million meals to feed the hungry. A popular national garden writer and leading proponent of gardening using the concepts of the soil food web, Jeff is the former president of the Garden Writers of America and was made a GWA Fellow in 1999. In 2005, he was inducted into the GWA Hall of Fame. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

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