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Reviews of Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web

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Author (1): Jeff Lowenfels
Author (2): Wayne Lewis

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: July 2006
Published by: Timber Press
List price: $24.95
ISBN Number: 0881927775



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4 positives
No neutrals
1 negative


Positive jerrygj On Dec 21, 2009, jerrygj wrote:

I found it to be a very informative book in regard to the Soil Food Web.

Positive ccgardner On Nov 26, 2007, ccgardner wrote:

Okay 'Spice' I see your point. However, the idea of the Soil Food Web is something that every gardener and well. . . humane being should be aware of. Even though many gardeners have heard about organics and composting etc. I am amazed how many don't practice it. I have recently gotten involved with a 'garden club' in my area and the people who are heading it are seasoned gardeners and active as heads of other national gardening organizations. I have been talking a lot about organics using IPM and composting and just earth friendly gardening practices. I've been met with negative ideas on why they think composting is too difficult and draws all those nasty animals and stinks and blah blah blah. Then they turn around and highly recommend to the novice gardeners their favorite brands of soil killing chemical fertilizers and herbicides. So my point is that this book has the right IDEAS. Granted, it may need some corrections, but overall it is a great TOOL to teach any gardener why it is so important to grow organic and understand how to be a good steward to the soil and ultimately to our planet.

Negative spiceoflife On Oct 6, 2007, spiceoflife wrote:

I wonder which author's mother wrote the previous reviews. This is one book that you don't need to bother shelling any money out for. Apparently they're attorneys by trade. I hope they're better attorneys than they are gardeners and authors. I heard about the book listening to Paul Parent's Garden Club on the radio one day when he interviewed one of the authors. The theme of the book is "understand the food web of the garden and use aerated compost tea to feed the soil, thus feeding your plants." Conceptually, the book is excellent. Unfortunately, the book is loaded with factual errors. For example, they actually have the definition of pH exactly backwards. Now most gardeners don't really care how the pH scale is calculated. They know low pH equals acid/sour soil. High pH equals basic/sweet soil. And they know that different plants have different needs and a gardener can amend the soil to shift the scale to favor the plants they want to grow. But when someone buys a book that purports to explain these things in greater detail, the information should be accurate.

At first I started noting the errors, thinking I could send the author, the publisher, or the radio host the copy with errors noted so that they could get it right in the second edition. But there were so many of them that I concluded that the notes would be pearls before swine. Anyone who would write a gardening book with this many things wrong in it doesn't care in the first place.

So spend your $24.95 on something else.

Positive spot8907 On Dec 29, 2006, spot8907 wrote:

Fantastic book. I am an avid reader of all kinds of gardening books and this book may very well be the most informative and important book I have ever read on gardening. It offers tons of scientific info on how plants rely on microbes in the soil to grow giving you a deaper understanding of the soil and plants. Even though this book has tons of scientific info. its all put in terms we non-scientist can understand and utilize. If you only read one book on gardening, make it this one!

Positive eric416 On Sep 30, 2006, eric416 wrote:

This is a fantastic, unbelievably so, book. The best thing I have ever read on gardening AND I HAVE READ THEM ALL! All must read it. It explains so much and has so much information you never knew. You will never garden the same way again. No more chemicals.Plus, it is written by pros who obviously know how to simplify science for the layperson.

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