This video contains information gathered from the works of Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis in their book: Teeming With Microbes and/or Joseph Smillie & Grace Gershuny in their book: The Soul of Soil


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Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition

The 2011 Garden Writers of America Gold Award for Best Writing/Book proves soil is anything but an inert substance. Healthy soil is teeming with life -- not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and thus become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of artificial substances, many of them toxic to humans as well as other forms of life. But there is an alternative to this vicious circle: to garden in a way that strengthens, rather than destroys, the soil food web -- the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms whose interactions create a nurturing environment for plants. By eschewing jargon and overly technical language, the authors make the benefits of cultivating the soil food web available to a wide audience, from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants without resorting to chemicals.

The Soul of Soil - $25.00

The soil is the soul of the garden. This book provides sensible, focused, and passionate information for creating and preserving healthy soil. A must for all serious gardeners.

Suggested Reading

For a deeper look into this module read the following:

Four Season Harvest: p. 16-30

The New Organic Grower: p. 82-110

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  • Jeanne Dilger-Belasco

    Reply Reply September 14, 2015

    How do you get the cover crops into the soil if you don’t til the soil? I haven’t watched that one yet. Don’t you have to rototill organic matter into the soil?

    • Paul

      Reply Reply October 5, 2015

      Great question Jeanne! Yes, you will need some kind of rototiller to till the green manure into the soil. This is the one case where we would use a tiller of some kind. Otherwise you can take the green manure and add it to a compost pile and wait for it to decompose that way – then add it to the soil.

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