The soil in your garden or allotment is the most precious asset you have as a gardener – healthy plants start with healthy soil. Written by two soil science specialists, this book explains the fundamentals of soil science in a horticultural context and provides practical guidance on how to optimize the soil in your garden. The main types of soil and their key characteristics are discussed, including the implications for different plants and how the soil can be improved, with an emphasis on working with nature, not against it. Techniques for assessing soil health are described in step-by-step detail, with recommendations for ways this can be enhanced. A detailed overview of the life in the soil, from bacteria to moles, shows how to harness this ecosystem and increase biodiversity. There is a chapter on container growing media tackles patio gardening and the use of raised beds. Finally, detailed examples from around the UK are provided to illustrate the scientific principles in practice.
Susie Holmes is a chartered soil scientist and keen gardener. She is a horticultural consultant to growers, landscapers and garden designers and regularly teaches soil and plant science courses. Susie has a particular interest in soil health and how we can get the best out of the soil in our gardens and allotments by working alongside nature.
Neil Bragg holds degrees in Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science and has worked as a soil scientist in horticulture for over forty years. He has advised growers on the physical requirements for healthy plant growth and worked extensively on the nutritional requirements of plants, both in soils and soilless substrates. Neil has been a regular contributor of articles for the press and horticulture science journals and is a frequent speaker to both grower groups and gardening club societies.
It's hard to imagine any gardener who wouldn't benefit from reading this book - and heeding its advice -- Ken Thompson, Professional Gardeners' Guild * Professional Gardeners' Guild *