All life on earth depends on the complex dynamics of the soil ecosystem. To understand soil is to be aware of how everything affects and is affected by it. This book provides a practical introduction to managing soil for long-term productivity. It is a handbook of useful practical guidelines to help make sound management decisions based on ecological principles, with minimal off-farm fertilizers. The authors describe good management of soil organic matter and humus to achieve long-lasting soil fertility including the use of green manures, crop rotations, on-farm composting, and mineral fertilizers. Building on Albrecht and others, this is an important, easy-to-understand book for commercial-scale growers.
Copyright 1983, 1999, softcover, 174 pages.