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Intelligent Gardener : Growing Nutrient-Dense Food - Steve Solomon

Intelligent Gardener

Growing Nutrient-Dense Food


Published: 1st January 2013
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Centuries of agriculture have dramatically depleted our soils causing the nutritional value of fruits, grains and vegetables to decline dramatically, but the process of returning soil to true fertility is widely misunderstood. The Intelligent Gardener is an essential guide to achieving better health for you and your family by remineralizing your soil using natural materials to grow nutrient-dense produce.

About 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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This book should be second on a gardeners bookshelf


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • It makes common sense


    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
    • Readers serious about their health
    • Reference
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Intelligent Gardener:

    Most gardening books I've read give little more information than what is written on the label on the plant in the nurery selling them. In dealing with the soil, watering and feeding authors seem to hardly ever go beyond the basics. Some names such as Sir Albert Howard (In India 1901-1930's) and William Albrecht (At Uni. of Missouri 1930,s-1960's) are never mentioned nor the advances they made in the knowledge of growing things. Steve was a school teacher, which shows, as he deals with life in the soil underneath our feet, without which no life is possible above it. This book is a must if you are interested in your health. Most of us look for our health to a doctor or health food store. The author directs us to the soil of our own garden. As he states: "If it isn't in the soil, it isn't in your food. If it isn't in your food, it isn't in you."
    A possible first book for some gardeners wold be Steve book 'Gardening When it Counts".

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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

    Acknowledgmentsp. vii
    Prefacep. xi
    Introductionp. 1
    Why Nutrient-Dense Food?p. 9
    History from a Nutritional Viewpointp. 37
    The Shit Method of Agriculture (SaMOA)p. 53
    Complete Organic Fertilizerp. 71
    Remineralizationp. 93
    Le Batterie de Cuisinep. 167
    The Soil Prescriptionp. 193
    Soils with Excessesp. 201
    Compostp. 237
    Epiloguep. 277
    Appendicesp. 287
    Indexp. 304
    About the Authorp. 320
    Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780865717183
    ISBN-10: 0865717184
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 336
    Published: 1st January 2013
    Publisher: New Society Publishers
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.53