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Improving Your Soil: A Practical Guide to Soil Management for the Serious Home Gardener

Posted by JayJay on 18-01-2023, 16:48 @ English eBooks
Improving Your Soil: A Practical Guide to Soil Management for the Serious Home Gardener




Valuable advice from an expert in soil science.

Intended for both small- and medium-sized gardens, Improving Your Soil reveals the steps to take to achieve the perfect soil in which to grow plants. With clear and specific directions on how to amend poor soil, modify mediocre earth, aerate compacted topsoil and substrates as well as test pH levels, this book enables any gardener to nurture their plants and promote more abundant growth.

The features that indicate good soil include proper structure and nutrients that encourage healthy plant growth. Soil in "good tilth" is loamy, nutrient-rich and friable because it has an optimal mixture of sand, clay and organic matter that prevents severe compaction. Improving Your Soil shows gardeners how to improve the soil in their gardens to encourage good seed bedding and a strong root system for proper nutrient disbursement throughout various soil depths. Topics in the book include:

Providing the right amount of water for plants
The microscopic world of soils
Crop rotations
Types of compost and how to make good compost
Managing soils to minimize pest and disease problems
Overcoming common nutrient deficiencies
Organic vs. mineral fertilizers.

The detailed information is complemented with line drawings, diagrams and illustrations that demonstrate various soil issues and how to resolve common problems. With information on remedying specific problems with particular plants, Improving Your Soil will be an often-consulted resource for all gardeners.