Essential Gardening and Soil Books

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This page is our catalogue page for garden soils, number 4 above, and lists essential books for understanding soils, building soil fertility, and improving your garden soils.
Includes practical guides to making, improving and maintaining healthy soils and producing higher yields, understanding soil composition and soil science, improving and building garden soils, and guides to making and using garden compost, and raising earthworms for your garden and for profit.
Composting helps build soil structure, guards against soil erosion and drought, adds fertility to garden soils, grows healthier gardens, and generally helps to create a safer environment.
These books are of particular interest to organic gardeners, home gardeners, as well as to all tillers of the earth.

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Essential Garden Soil Books

  • The Substainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide To Healthy Soil and Higher Yields
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  • -John Jeavons, Carol Cox / Paperback 128 pages / Published February 1999
    This revised edition of a best seller is written for gardeners trying biointensive gardening for the first time. The reader is guided by expert instructions and suggestions on how to build and maintain sustainable soil fertility. And on what vegetables to grow. How to prepare biointensive growing beds and make compost.
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  • Secrets to Great Soil: A Grower's Guide to Composting, Mulching, and Creating Healthy, Fertile Soil for Your Garden and Lawn ~Usually Ships Within 24 Hours
  • -Elizabeth P. Stell / Paperback 224 pages / Published February 1998
    Learn all the secrets for creating fertile and productive soil with step-by-step instructions for making compost and fertilizers. Stell starts with an analysis of soil: how it was formed, its different textures, its structure, nutrients, and the importance of good drainage and earthworms. Easy-to-understand instructions for using organic mulches, soil amendments, and fertilizer to create fertile garden soil. There's a chapter on making and using compost and how to construct composting bins, a chapter on the use of mulches, and one on choosing and instructions for using organic mulches, soil amendments, and using fertilizers.
    Another chapter gives information on starting a new garden and deals with raised beds, sunken beds, slopes, and terraces. Includes suggestions on how to select and use the various garden tools are needed to properly prepare and cultivate the soil. And explains varieties of vegetables, flowers, fruits, trees, shrubs, and lawns.
    Contains over 300 detailed two-color illustrations.
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  • Gardening Sucess With Difficult Soils: Limestone, Alkaline Clay, and Caliche
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  • -Scott Ogden / Paperback 216 pages / Published February 1992
    This gardening guide explains everything needed to successfully develope a great garden soil from poor soil. Written for the beginning gardener, but anyone with difficult soils will benefit by studing this book.
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  • The Nature and Properties of Soils ~Usually Ships Within 2 to 3 Days
  • -Nyle C. Brady, Ray R. Weil / Hardcover 960 pages, 13th Edition / Published July 2001
    This textbook, first published in 1922, provides a clear understanding of the the properties of soil and the fundamental principles of soil science both for students and for the professional soil engineer and soil specialist. It is clearly written and explores the principles & properties of soils and their physical, chemical & biological characteristics. Explains throughout that the soil is an important natural resource, highlighting its important interaction with other components of forest, rangeland, agriculture uses, wetland ecosystems, and constructed soil systems.
    The chapters are well organized and include helpful figures, graphs, diagrams, drawings, and black-and-white and color photographs. Also included are hundreds of websites for more information.
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  • Soil Fertility and Fertilizers: An Introduction to Nutrient Management
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  • -John Havlin, Samuel L. Tisdale, Werner L. Nelson
    Hardcover 499 pages, 6th Edition / Published November 1998
    Long regarded as the leading book in the field, this book provides a basic introduction to the biological, chemical, and physical properties affecting soil fertility and plant nutrition. It covers all important aspects of nutrient management for profitable crop production, with particular attention to minimizing the environmental impact of soil and fertilizer management.
    Provides a thorough understanding of plant nutrition, soil fertility, and nutrient management, covers how plants absorb nutrients, plant-nutrient deficiency syndromes, the evaluation of nutrient and soil amendment materials, the effects of soil organic matter, cation exchange capacity, soil pH, soil material, climate, and human activities upon nutrient availability, nutrient response patterns, and soil and nutrient management practices. This edition has been substantially revised to reflect rapidly advancing knowledge and technologies in both plant nutrition and nutrient management.
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  • Soil and Composting: The Complete Guide to Building Healthy, Fertile Soil
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  • -Nancy J. Ondra, Barbara Ellis / Paperback 128 pages / Published May 1998
    While most gardeners do not have ideal soil to start with, it is possible to improve almost any garden soil. This guidebook from the Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guides is written to be easy to read and understand and quickly gets to what most gardeners need to know to improve your soil's quality and have healthier plants. It provides clear and practical information on some of the science behind why good soil is important. Shows how-to make compost, take soil samples, use all-organic methods of improving soil and feeding plants, deal with poor drainage, choose and use mulches effectively.
    Before you start a new garden it is important to know and understand the characteristics of your garden soil and what actions you need to take before you start planting. Recommended reading before you start planning and planting your new garden.
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  • Soil Science Simplified ~Usually Ships Within 24 Hours
  • -Helmut Kohnke, D. P. Franzmeier / Paperback, 4th Edition / Published December 1994
    This useful handbook explains the basics of soil science for those who want to become acquainted with the basic concepts and principles of soils but are not ready for an extensive study. Includes illustrations, helpful tables, and maps.
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  • Factors of Soil Formation: A System of Quantitative Pedology
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  • -Hans Jenny / Paperback 281 pages / Published September 1994
    A world authority explanations soils and soil formation in a clear and concise manner. This book has had a great impact on soil science. Includes 125 illustrations, 60 tables, Index, and References.
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  • Soil and Composting: The Complete Guide to Building Healthy, Fertile Soil
    ~Usually Ships Within 24 Hours
  • -Nancy J. Ondra, Barbara Ellis / Paperback 128 pages / Published May 1998
    While most gardeners do not have ideal soil to start with, it is possible to improve almost any garden soil. This guidebook from the Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guides is written to be easy to read and understand and quickly gets to what most gardeners need to know to improve your soil's quality and have healthier plants. It provides clear and practical information on some of the science behind why good soil is important. Shows how-to make compost, take soil samples, use all-organic methods of improving soil and feeding plants, deal with poor drainage, choose and use mulches effectively.
    Before you start a new garden it is important to know and understand the characteristics of your garden soil and what actions you need to take before you start planting. Recommended reading before you start planning and planting your new garden.
    To read excerpts from this book, click on the book title.


  • The Rodale Book of Composting
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  • -Deborah L. Martin, Grace Gershuny, Editors / Paperback 278 pages / Published February 1992
    This book is considered by many gardeners to be their bible of composting. This completely revised and updated guidebook to composting explains what composting is and how it really works. Provides detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for making and using compost. The beginner will gain a complete understanding of the compost process, a guide to selecting an appropriate method for their own needs, and guidelines on how-to buy or build their own composters. An experienced composter will gain a greater understanding into why some batches are more successful than others and how to improve the quality of their compost. Includes an extensive list on exactly what material can be used in composting and why. This book addresses the needs of the urban and suburban gardener, along with the needs of the homesteader, organic farmer, and family farmer.
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  • The Gardener's Guide to Composting ~Usually Ships Within 24 Hours
  • -Stu Campbell / Papback 160 pages, 3rd Edition / Published March 1998
    This is the classic guide, first published in 1975, that helped start the composting movement and taught home gardeners everywhere how to recycle kitchen and yard waste to create valuable soil-nourishing compost. Contains advice for starting and maintaining a composting system, building bins, and using compost. From building a compost container to adding the ingredients, this book leaves out nothing. Provides tips for speeding up the decomposition, encouraging worms, creating leaf-mold, and using compost once you've made it.
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  • Worm's Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up & Maintain a Worm Composting System
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  • -Mary Applehof, Mary F. Fenton, Illustrator / Paperback 162 pages / Published November 1997
    This excellent book gives a very solid scientific introduction to earthworms and will answer most of your basic questions about earthworms. This book has to with vermiculture, which is the use of worms for developing super-rich compost materials for organic gardens. Vermicompost is without a doubt the best composting material available for organic gardeners, and setting up your own vermicomposting bin is the best way to get yourself some of this richly organic fertilizer.
    This book details how you can set up and use your own vermicompost bin, either by making it yourself or by purchasing a commercially made worm bin. It is a complete guide to planning for setting up, and using a worm composting system either indoors or outdoors.
    Includes information about the facts of life for worms. The reproduction of worms is described as well as other interesting worm facts, like the cut a worm in half myth.
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  • Commercial Vermiculture: How to Build a Thriving Business in Redworms
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  • -Peter Bogdanov / Plastic Comb 83 pages / Published January 1998
    This book covers the background of commercial vermiculture, what it takes to start your own business, and what to expect from your efforts. Covers getting worms to begin, building worm beds, feeding and caring for your worms, harvesting and pachaging and shipping.
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