Microbe Science for Gardeners: Secrets to Better Plant Health (Paperback)

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Microbe Science for Gardeners: Secrets to Better Plant Health (Paperback)


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Useful and practical gardening advice.

-Jeff Lowenfels, author, the Teaming Series and DIY Autoflowering Cannabis

Microscopic organisms are as important to plant growth as water and light. Microbe Science for Gardeners highlights the essential role of microbes in plant biosystems and soil health, providing practical how-to gardening advice for enhancing plant microbiomes, and debunking common gardening myths.

Going beyond soil biology to examine the crucial role of microorganisms in cultivating a productive garden, this accessible guide covers:

  • The interrelationships in microbe populations and between microbes and plants
  • Understanding microbes such as bacteria, yeast, mycorrhizal fungi, and protozoa, both in the rhizosphere and above ground
  • How common practices such as tilling, crop rotation, and mulching affect the microbe community
  • How the savvy gardener can encourage beneficial microorganisms while discouraging those that cause disease or other undesirable effects
  • An objective analysis of popularized practices such as controlling fungal-to- bacterial ratios and applying biostimulants, compost tea, or plant probiotics
  • Prevention and cures for dozens of bacterial, viral, and fungal plant diseases.

Whether you're a home gardener, market gardener, or micro-farmer, Microbe Science for Gardeners will help you leverage the incredible power of the mighty microbe to grow healthy, strong, thriving plants.

Robert Pavlis is a Master Gardener with over 45 years' experience in the art and science of horticulture, with a particular focus on soil chemistry and health. He is the owner and developer of Aspen Grove Gardens, a 6-acre botanical garden featuring 3,000 varieties of plants. A sought-after speaker, and lecturer, Robert has published many articles in magazines such as Mother Earth News and Ontario Gardening. He maintains two widely read blogs - gardenfundamentals.com and gardenmyths.com - and a popular YouTube channel with tens of thousands of subscribers. Robert is the author of Compost Science for Gardeners, Plant Science for Gardeners, Soil Science for Gardeners, and Building Natural Ponds. He lives in Guelph, Canada.

Product Details ISBN: 9780865719774
ISBN-10: 0865719772
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English