The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Playing in the dirt

I'm excited to announce that Personality Tests For Your Soil is now live on:

When I started writing this first quarter of my upcoming soil book, I challenged myself to stick to soil science that gardeners can see, feel, or easily sense in their own garden. Yes, knowing each stage of the nitrogen cycle can be interesting, as can reading about the various microscopic components of the soil food web. But there are lots of books out already with a factual, textbook approach to dirt. I wanted to provide just as much information as those other books, but to help gardeners learn in the way we feel most comfortable --- hands on.

If you try out a copy and think I lived up to the challenge, I hope you'll take a minute to leave a review on the retailer of your choice. Your purchase really helps keep our homesteading experiment afloat, but your early reviews actually help even more since they tempt readers who haven't heard of me to take a chance on an unknown author. So thank you in advance for reading, reviewing, and/or spreading the word!

What's coming down the pike next? The second installment ---
Small-Scale No-Till Gardening Basics --- delves even deeper into the hands-on tricks we use on our own farm to turn soil black and keep veggies happy. Once again, I'm giving you a chance to nab a copy during the first week of preorder for 99 cents:

Thanks for reading and for your support!

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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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Even though I preordered the book, I couldnt wait, and got this first installment. Its a great read. But it left me extremely frustrated because it will be at least 4 months before I can put any of the tests to work!
There is some fun, practical knowledge, along with just the right amount of scientific geekiness. And a bit of giddiness over the wonderful smell of good earth.

Comment by Deb Wed Jan 6 23:37:54 2016
Deb --- Thank you so much for your kind words (and I think that was also you who left a review on Amazon!). I really appreciate it! Unfortunately, I can't speed along spring for you in exchange, though. :-)
Comment by anna Thu Jan 7 10:48:31 2016

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