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Looking for a helpful but inexpensive gift for the dedicated gardener? Look no farther than Teaming with Microbes.
This small but intense book is one of the “must reads” for California—or any other –gardeners. This gardening book instructs gardeners how to create sustainable, healthy gardens without pesticides or fertilizers and offers a good balance of science and readability. The first part explains the science of the soil, while the second part applies science to residential garden care, including the use of compost, compost tea and mulch. Parts of the book, especially the earlier ones dealing with the science of bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and nematodes, are slow going and force the reader to read and read certain sections. But it is worth it to get the information. It will change the way you garden. Best for the more serious gardener. Written by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis.
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