Soil Science for Gardeners

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Soil Science for Gardeners: Working with Nature to Build Soil Health PDF

Build healthy soil and grow better plants

Soil Science for GardenersRobert Pavlis, a gardener for over four decades, debunks common soil myths, explores the rhizosphere, and provides a personalized soil fertility improvement program in this three-part popular science guidebook.

Healthy soil means thriving plants. Yet untangling the soil food web and optimizing your soil health is beyond most gardeners, many of whom lack an in-depth knowledge of the soil ecosystem.

Soil Science for Gardeners is an accessible, science-based guide to understanding soil fertility and, in particular, the rhizosphere – the thin layer of liquid and soil surrounding plant roots, so vital to plant health.

Coverage includes:

  • Soil biology and chemistry and how plants and soil interact
  • Common soil health problems, including analyzing soil’s fertility and plant nutrients
  • The creation of a personalized plan for improving your soil fertility, including setting priorities and goals in a cost-effective, realistic time frame.
  • Creating the optimal conditions for nature to do the heavy lifting of building soil fertility

Written for the home gardener, market gardener, and micro-farmer, Soil Science for Gardeners is packed with information to help you grow thriving plants.


“Thank goodness for this book! If I had one wish for all gardeners, no matter their experience, I’d wish for them to endeavor to understand the vital role that soil plays in gardening success, and then, I’d have them read this book for the most comprehensive understanding behind it all. As a self-proclaimed soil super-fan, this is the most comprehensive book on the subject I’ve ever seen. I’ve been following Robert’s work for a long time and I trust his science-based, no-nonsense approach to helping us all debunk gardening myths while making us all smarter gardeners in the process. Robert is one of my trusted, go-to sources when I want to get to the bottom line, and this book does that in spades. Soil Science for Gardeners will teach us everything we want and need to know about the critical role soil plays in the success of our garden and landscape, and more. It’s extremely well thought out, comprehensive and a joy to read: practical wisdom for real life application in all our gardening pursuits. Three cheers for Soil Science for Gardeners!”

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