Book Review: Building Soils Naturally
Over the years I’ve become increasingly interested in gardening and growing vegetables at home. I learned a few things here-and-there, mostly through reading tips online and by trial and error. However, until I read “Building Soils Naturally” by Phil Nauta, I now realize that what I thought I knew about gardening and soil, was only surface deep so to speak.
“Building Soils Naturally” is a 303 page paperback that has changed the way I treat my soil forever. Last year, I had a modest garden that included Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Lettuce, and Spinach. While I did have moderate success growing in my current soil with some granular organic 10-10-10 fertilizer, I didn’t realize the fundamental structure and needs of a truly fertile and organic soil. Phil Nauta begins his book by describing how soil is supposed to look, feel, and smell. He also explains the soil food web, and why it’s so important. After reading Building Soil Naturally, I now have a strong understanding of what my soil requires in order to grow the most nutritious, healthiest food I’ve probably ever eaten.
Phil teaches us how to create compost and compost tea the right way. He also discusses the importance of micorhizal fungi and microorganisms in our soil. Has your land been tilled too much, or are you living on a new lot that was recently cleared, you are likely lacking important Mycorrizhal Fungi and Microorganisms, which contribute to the soil food web, and are the basis to fertile soil. “Building Soils Naturally” teaches us how to reactivate our soil with these extremely important organisms. The information doesn’t stop there though. Phil teaches us the proper way to water our plants, the additives we should be using, such as liquid seaweed and compost tea, and how often we should feed our plants. The best part of all this information, is that it’s ALL NATURAL.
None of the information presented in “Building Soils Naturally” was dreamt up by Phil Nauta one night. These are scientifically proven, effective methods for building and amending soil naturally. The techniques brought to us by Phil can be found throughout horticultural books and websites as fragmented information. Thanks to Phil Nauta, we now have all this priceless information in one place. All the information presented in this book is written very well, so you don’t need to be a horticultural expert to understand the content. In other words, soil science isn’t necessarily the most interesting topic, but Phil did an excellent job keeping me engaged.
“Building Soils Naturally” is a book that successfully caters to any type of gardener. Beginners will learn more information than they thought existed about soil, and experts will likely learn a few things as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone that’s interested in soil or gardening. It will make you a better gardener.
I received a complimentary book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are that of my own.