The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food

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New Society Publishers, Dec 25, 2012 - Gardening - 336 pages
Beyond organic-- a practical guide to nutrient-dense food.
 

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Possibly the best gardening book ever written! And, like the nutrient-dense food that the authors think we should all be growing, the book itself is dense with soil science, worksheets, ideas, and practical experience. For serious organic and/or sustainable gardeners and farmers only--others will not be motivated to master the rather complex content.
The book is mostly about creating and using super-healthy and super-productive soils to grow food. This part of the book is reliably science-based and experience based.
A small part of the book makes the much less science-supported and less experience-proven assertion that "nutrient-dense" food will prevent and cure all diseases. Yup, they actually say that. As the authors state when criticizing various soil-health "religions," this belief contains some truth but it is wildly simplistic and their text fails to reference or discuss any modern scientific knowledge about nutrition and health. At best, they offer an intriguing abstract hypothesis about the health benefits of nutrient density. Beyond quoting one early scientist from the 1930s, the authors don't even try to support let alone prove their claim.
Fortunately, they also claim from personal experience that nutrient-dense vegetables taste twice as good as typical organically grown produce. This is enough to make me want to try their methods!
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Why NutrientDense Food?
9
History from a Nutritional Viewpoint
37
The Shit Method of Agriculture SaMOA
53
Complete Organic Fertilizer
71
Remineralization
93
Le Batterie de Cuisine
167
The Soil Prescription
193
Epilogue
277
Sources
287
Bibliography
291
Worksheets
297
Index
304
About the Authors
320
A Guide to Responsible Digital Reading
322
Back Cover
324

Soils with Excesses
201
Compost
237

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About the author (2012)

Steve Solomon is the founder of the Territorial Seed Company. He has been growing most of his family's food for over 35 years, and is the author of several landmark gardening books including Gardening When it Counts and Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades. A lifelong evangelist for the value of self-sufficiency, his writing, lectures and classes are focused on helping people become financially independent through producing their own necessities. He currently homesteads in Tasmania.

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