Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach: Natural Solutions for Better Gardens & Yards

Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach: Natural Solutions for Better Gardens & Yards

by Elizabeth Murphy


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591866190
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Publication date: 03/27/2015
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 309,524
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Murphy has a passion for growing food that led her to a master's degree in soil science from University of California, Davis, where she researched soil organic matter storage and a farmer's ability to improve it. She has worked as a faculty instructor for Oregon State University Extension's Small Farms Program, where she taught and consulted with gardeners and farmers about best management practices to build healthy soils. Since 2006, she has owned a half-acre garden in southern Oregon, which she considers her laboratory for experimenting with sustainable soil management and gardening practices for landscapes and vegetables. Currently, she lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 A Soil Grower's Foundation 11

Chapter 2 Guiding Principles for the Soil Grower: The Secrets of Soil Organic Matter 35

Chapter 3 Alphabet Soup: Nutrients and Soil-Nutrient Tests Demystified 49

Chapter 4 Food, Water, Shelter, Air: Organic Amendments to Grow Living Soils 75

Chapter 5 A Balanced Diet: Fertilizers and Whole-Soil Fertility 119

Chapter 6 The Dressing on Top: Mulch, Water, and Weeds 143

Chapter 7 Cultivation Simplified: Whole-Garden Planning from the Ground Up 169

Additional Resources 194

Index 196

About the Author 200

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