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Building Soils Naturally Paperback – July 31, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 67 ratings

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Phil Nauta is a certified organic land-care professional, and his comprehensive book could have been titled, 'Everything You Wanted to Know About Soil (But Never Knew to Ask).' Nauta describes what healthy soil looks and feels like, how plants use that soil for growth and contribute to it by their decomposition, and the soils' chemical composition and teeming biological life. More than just another treatise on compost, humus, mulching, and fertilization, Nauta focuses on building up the unseen inhabitants of soil, the billions of ''effective micro-organisms'' that make it all happen. Nauta's program, which includes a battery of tests for both soil and plants, may seem daunting to even active, experienced gardeners. But those willing to follow his recommendations, he says, will end up with healthy soil that will produce plants resistant to disease and, if they are edible, more ''nutrient dense,'' flavorful, and resistant to rot. --Adam Levine, Better Homes and Gardens - Country Gardens, Spring (March) 2013 issue

About the Author

Phil Nauta grew up working for his parents in their garden center, maintaining the nursery stock and landscaping. He was also in charge of maintaining their 9-hole golf course while he went to university, obtaining his business degree. He then completed a Certificate in Organic Landscape Management from Gaia College and later taught courses there.

Since then, he has played many roles in the organic gardening world, starting a gardening business called Only Organic, and then The Organic Gardener's Pantry to supply high quality organic fertilizers. He received Permaculture Design and Sustainable Building and Design certificates and became a Certified Organic Land Care Professional.

Phil works with his wife Heather, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, to help people improve their health and the health of their gardens and the planet through the SmilingGardener.com website, sharing innovative methods with organic growers worldwide.

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  • Publisher : Acres USA; 1st edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 303 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1601730330
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1601730336
  • Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.75 inches
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