Title: Building Soils Naturally: Innovative Methods for Organic Gardeners
Author: Phil Nauta
Strong points: Balanced approach to the “natural/organic” philosophy; not so fanatically anti-synthetic or blindly, “natural” only as some authors can be.
Helpful summary points at the end of each chapter.
Excellent explanation of why pH is not just a number and why a more complete understanding of soil pH is important.
Weaknesses: First few chapters a bit too general for the experienced gardener
www.carbonfarming.org (pg. 42 ) no longer exists. See www.bioagrinomics.com/
Green thumbs rating:
In the introduction to Building Soils Naturally, the author states his purpose “…isn’t to propose new theories but rather to pull together what’s been proven to work already…to take this amazing body of knowledge… and make it available to home gardeners.” This he does skillfully!
Just like the active soil microbes he discusses, Phil distills a complex subject into small, usable nuggets of information and builds them back up to one larger whole. His light hearted writing style keeps, what can be a dry subject, from getting ponderous. But don’t let that fool you, the meat of the information presented is tested, solid science.
At the same time Phil is not afraid to bring up topics that some may consider “fringe;” such as biodynamics, paramagnetism and other energy based schools of thought. Is it fringe or cutting edge? I don’t know yet; but for the gardener willing to listen, think for themselves, and experiment, you will find food for thought
Like the nutrient dense food that healthy soil produces, Phil Nauta has produced a very information dense book. One that should be on every gardener’s shelf, to be read, referred to, and used over and over, to fully and holistically reap the knowledge it so artfully shares.
ISBN: 978–1-60173–033-6 (trade paperback)
# of pages: 304
Illustrations: Yes; well done line art helps identify weed species
Appendix: No, but does include a brief resource section for finding products and testing labs mentioned in the bok
Publisher: Acres U.S.A., PO Box 301209, Austin, TX 78703–0021
Publication Date: 2012