The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food

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BEYOND ORGANIC - A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO NUTRIENT-DENSE FOOD

The Intelligent Gardener is more than just “intelligent,” it is bold, it is courageous, and it challenges many of our preconceptions about food, about soils, about farming, and about health ---Michael Ableman, farmer, author of Fields of Plenty, On Good Land, and From The Good Earth

Vegetables, fruits and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but generations of intensive ...

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BEYOND ORGANIC - A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO NUTRIENT-DENSE FOOD

The Intelligent Gardener is more than just “intelligent,” it is bold, it is courageous, and it challenges many of our preconceptions about food, about soils, about farming, and about health ---Michael Ableman, farmer, author of Fields of Plenty, On Good Land, and From The Good Earth

Vegetables, fruits and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but generations of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows. As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half the vitamins and minerals than the equivalent serving would have contained a less than a century ago. The Intelligent Gardener shows you how to achieve optimum health by remineralizing your soil using natural materials to grow nutrient-dense produce.

Starting with an overview of nutrient density, the history of organic agriculture and an accessible primer on basic soil chemistry, this comprehensive manual demonstrates how the home gardener can use the results of an inexpensive soil test to create their own individually tailored soil prescription. The author systematically demystifies the replacement of a wealth of essential minerals while simultaneously debunking much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements.

Nothing short of revolutionary in its approach, The Intelligent Gardener conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people. Caution: this book may change the way you think about your garden forever.

It’s hard to imagine this book not having a significant and lasting impact on the way organic farmers and gardeners grow their crops.--- Mark McDonald, West Coast Seeds

We are what we eat, and our food is only as healthful as the soil we grow it in. The Intelligent Gardener is a valuable tool for anyone seeking to get the highest food value from their garden.---Darrell Frey, author of Bioshelter Market Garden

Steve Solomon is the author of several landmark gardening books including Gardening When it Counts and Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades. The founder of the Territorial Seed Company, he has been growing most of his family’s food for over 35 years.

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This practical step-by-step guide shows all is not lost as Steve Solomon shows us the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people. - Sandra Barrera, The Daily Breeze

If you garden, no matter if you’re an omnivore, vegetarian, or carnivore I think this book is a good read., blogger, Throwback at Trapp Creek

The nutrient density of the crops we grow and the remineralization of our soils have been almost constantly on our minds and usually on the tips of our tongues. Our biggest inspiration has come from reading Steve Solomen’s new book The Intelligent Gardener. - Shannon Jones and Bryan Dyck, bloggers, Broadfork Farm

Any agriculture or home gardening library will find this an accesible, popular lend. James Cox, Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865717183
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/25/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 319,786
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Steve Solomon is the founder of the Territorial Seed Company. He has been growing most of his family's food for over 35 years, and is the author of several landmark gardening books including Gardening When it Counts and Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades. A lifelong evangelist for the value of self-sufficiency, his writing, lectures and classes are focused on helping people become financially independent through producing their own necessities. He currently homesteads in Tasmania.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface Erica Reinheimer xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Why Nutrient-Dense Food? 9

Chapter 2 History from a Nutritional Viewpoint 37

Chapter 3 The Shit Method of Agriculture (SaMOA) 53

Chapter 4 Complete Organic Fertilizer 71

Chapter 5 Remineralization 93

Chapter 6 Le Batterie de Cuisine 167

Chapter 7 The Soil Prescription 193

Chapter 8 Soils with Excesses 201

Chapter 9 Compost 237

Chapter 10 Epilogue 277

Appendices 287

Index 304

About the Author 320

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