The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food [NOOK Book]

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Vegetables, fruits, and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but centuries of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows. As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half of the vitamins and minerals that the equivalent serving would have contained a hundred years ago. This is a matter for serious concern, since poor nutrition has been linked to myriad health problems including cancer, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. For optimum health we...

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The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food

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Overview


Vegetables, fruits, and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but centuries of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows. As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half of the vitamins and minerals that the equivalent serving would have contained a hundred years ago. This is a matter for serious concern, since poor nutrition has been linked to myriad health problems including cancer, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. For optimum health we must increase the nutrient density of our foods to the levels enjoyed by previous generations.

To grow produce of the highest nutritional quality the essential minerals lacking in our soil must be replaced, but this re-mineralization calls for far more attention to detail than the simple addition of composted manure or NPK fertilizers. The Intelligent Gardener demystifies the process while simultaneously debunking much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements. In doing so, it conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy people.

This practical step-by-step guide and the accompanying customizable web-based spreadsheets go beyond organic and are essential tools for any serious gardener who cares about the quality of the produce they grow.

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 thirty-five years.


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Editorial Reviews

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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: 9781550925135
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 475,651
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


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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