The intelligent gardener growing nutrient dense food pdf
The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food by Steve SolomonA book review by Marina Bistrin. The book is particularly relevant for those with clay soils. The author, Steve Solomon, now lives in Tasmania and has previously lived in various regions of the USA with totally different climatic and soil conditions. He also shows you how to read soil charts and interpret them for your conditions. As I love compost, I was very impressed by the sections on composting and how to keep volume and nutrition in compost rather than letting it be off-gassed. To make nutrient rich compost, he adds clay and mature compost an an inoculant to the new compost heap, does not let it get too hot and does not add woody materials such as cardboard or sawdust , which use up too much nitrogen in their decomposition. In many ways, nutrient-rich compost can be the simplest answer to most growing problems: for its water and nutrient-holding capacity, keeping soil structure open and friable, pH buffering and encouraging organisms in the soil such as worms etc and micro-life.
The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food
The Intelligent Gardener , by Steve Solomon , is a fascinating and well-written, if potentially controversial, explanation of how to grow more nutrient-dense vegetables by balancing your soil.
the intelligent gardener growing nutrient dense food pdf
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Vegetables, fruits and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but centuries of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows. As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half the vitamins and minerals that the equivalent serving would have contained a hundred years ago. This is a matter of serious concern, since poor nutrition has been linked to myriad health problems including cancer, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. For optimum health we must increase the nutrient density of our foods to the levels enjoyed by previous generations. To grow produce of the highest nutritional quality the essential minerals lacking in our soil must be replaced, but this re-mineralization calls for far more attention to detail than the simple addition of composted manure or NPK fertilizers. The Intelligent Gardener demystifies the process, while simultaneously debunking much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements. In doing so, it conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people.