Improving Your Soil: A Practical Guide To Soil Management...

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Item#: 9781770852266
Author Reid, Keith
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Valuable advice from an expert in soil science. Intended for both small and medium-size gardens, Improving Your Soil reveals the steps to take to achieve the perfect soil base in which to grow plants. With directions on amending poor soil, modifying mediocre earth, aerating compacted topsoil and substrates, and testing pH levels, this book enables gardeners to nurture their plants and promote more abundant growth. The features of 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 garden to encourage good seed bedding and a strong root system for proper nutrient disbursement throughout various soil depths. Flower gardeners and vegetable gardeners will all benefit from the tips and methods in Improving Your Soil. Topics include: What your soil can tell you about how you need to manage it Soil texture and structure -- building soil tilth Using amendments to correct soil problems, such as clay or sandy soil Creating a good environment for plant growth in different situations Providing the right amount of water for plants The teeming microscopic world of soils Building soil organic matter Crop rotations Types of compost and how to make good compost Managing soils to minimize pest and disease problems Feeding the plants -- the nutrients they need, and how to get them there 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.

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Valuable advice from an expert in soil science.

Table of Contents
Contents Acknowledgments
Introduction: Seasons of the Soil
1. Getting Started: What Type of Soil Do You Have?
2. What Is Soil, and Why Is It Important?
3. Different Soils, Different Challenges
4. Soil Texture: The Bones of Your Soil
5. Soil Structure: The Skeleton of Your Soil
6. Soil Water
7. Irrigation Basics for Gardens
8. A Little Bit of Soil Chemistry
9. How Soil Holds Nutrients
10. Soil Life and Soil Organic Matter
11. Harnessing Biological Cycles for Our Benefit
12. Feeding Your Plants
13. Sustaining the Land
Glossary of Soil Terms
Appendix I: Selected Laboratories for Testing Garden Soils
Appendix II: Agricultural and Horticultural Extension Resources
Appendix III: Chemical Symbols and Formulas