The Intelligent Gardener
Growing Nutrient-dense FoodBook - 2015
Presents advice on how to improve growing soil, discussing some of the current misconceptions about soil and providing the best methods for adding enhancements that will produce nutrient-dense foods.
Centuries of agriculture have depleted our soils causing the nutritional value of crops to decline, but the process of returning soil to true fertility is misunderstood. The Intelligent Gardener is an essential guide to achieving better health by remineralizing your soil using natural materials to grow nutrient-dense produce.
Vegetables, fruits and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but centuries of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows. As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half the vitamins and minerals that the equivalent serving would have contained a hundred years ago. This is a matter of serious concern, since poor nutrition has been linked to myriad health problems including cancer, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. For optimum health we must increase the nutrient density of our foods to the levels enjoyed by previous generations.
To grow produce of the highest nutritional quality the essential minerals lacking in our soil must be replaced, but this re-mineralization calls for far more attention to detail than the simple addition of composted manure or NPK fertilizers. The Intelligent Gardener demystifies the process, while simultaneously debunking much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements. In doing so, it conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people.
This practical step-by-step guide and the accompanying customizable web-based spreadsheets go beyond organic and are essential tools for any serious gardener who cares about the quality of the produce they grow.
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This book uses a combination of the author's own science (based on his high school chemistry understandings), a little learned science and other peoples' opinions, and experience making compost and growing plants. The most annoying thing about the book is the use of recommendations in pounds and feet. Although the author now lives in Tasmania, this book feels designed entirely for the US market.
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