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Soil is easy to take for granted, but it is the foundation of a healthy garden.

This book teaches you everything you need to know to cultivate and maintain rich, sustainable soil with natural and organic methods. It starts by identifying the parts of soil, from mineral composition to organic matter, and outlines how to identify the type and qualities of the earth in your garden. From there, it explains how to manage the properties of your soil, with chapters on organic matter, nutrients, soil organisms, fertilizing and composting, and maintaining a good soil environment with mulch, watering and weeding.

Finally, a chapter on cultivation teaches you how to plan your whole garden from the ground up so it works with you, not against you. Throughout, the book suggests plants and techniques that naturally help your garden, reducing the time, labor and artificial additives needed to keep your soil healthy.

Charts, diagrams and clear explanations make all the information easy to absorb and apply.

Softcover, 7 1/2" × 9 3/4", 200 pages, 2015.

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