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Teaming with Nutrients

Teaming with NutrientsTeaming with Microbes was an eye-opening, readable, and beautiful guide to the microscopic life of the soil, so I was thrilled to hear that one of the coauthors was coming out with a book about plant nutrients.  Unfortunately, I was very disappointed by Teaming With Nutrients.  Granted, the topic was a tough one to cover for a layman audience, but the long descriptions of cell biology and chemistry felt like a textbook written by an undergraduate, and I can't really recommend the book.

On the other hand, after wading through pages and pages of textbookery, I did finally find some useful information scattered here and there.  I'm going to share some tidbits about how nutrients move through the soil and through plants in later posts in this lunchtime series, and in the meantime you might want to check out Steve Solomon's The Intelligent Gardener for a more hands-on approach to plant nutrition.  I'm still looking for a good book to school me on the middle ground between these two extremes.

Weekend Homesteader: January walks you through testing your soil to discover if it's deficient in nutrients.



This post is part of our Teaming with Nutrients lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:





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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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