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  •  My sister gave me a book to read for her, (10+ / 0-)

    this one, and then give her a book report. She ordered it through our library. Some people buy a copy and then donate it to their local library. Very interesting discussion of the "soil food web" without becoming too technical. Sis must have been prematurely intimidated by a couple of long words like Haloquadratum and actinomycetes and operculum. Ignore that and have a great time learning about the web you are trapped in; it is a wonderful wild ride.

    Healthy soil requires a balanced mix of bacteria, archaea, fungi, slime molds, nematodes, bugs, worms, snails, lizards etc., etc.  The premise of this book is that harsh fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides ad nauseum are not necessary but are actually detrimental to good organic growing medium. Healthy soil has billions of bugs from microscopic to macroscopic munching away on the rocks, by symbiotic lichen, and then each other, fixing atmospheric nitrogen for plant use and making all the minerals available. Just a year or so ago I first encountered the concept of "Feed the soil, not the plants," when introduced to the wonderfulness of adding molasses to your watering can.

    As you can guess, I am itching to get some seeds started in the hopes I can get a jump start on Sprung. And I hope to get yet more compost going, processing anything compostable so that I don't have to send it to the garbage truck but keep it on my teeny quarter acre to help it become more fruitful, and multiply.

    You want to know the best hobby to distract you while you quit nasty nicofiend, this is it. Gardening for health and self. Your first home growed tomato, eaten straight off the vine still warm from the Sun, is worth a million cigarettes.

    There is no they, We will sink or swim together.... We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness

    by GDbot on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 04:35:09 PM PDT

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