The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food by Steve Solomon

By Steve Solomon

Vegetables, end result, and grains are an enormous resource of important nutrition, yet centuries of in depth agriculture have depleted our soils to ancient lows. for this reason, the broccoli you devour at the present time could have under 1/2 the nutrients that the similar serving may have contained 100 years in the past. this can be a topic for severe problem, seeing that terrible nutrients has been associated with myriad illnesses together with melanoma, middle disorder, weight problems, hypertension, and diabetes. for maximum wellbeing and fitness we needs to elevate the nutrient density of our meals to the degrees loved through prior generations.

To develop produce of the top dietary caliber the basic minerals missing in our soil has to be changed, yet this re-mineralization demands way more realization to aspect than the easy addition of composted manure or NPK fertilizers. The clever Gardener demystifies the method whereas at the same time debunking a lot of the fake and deceptive info perpetuated by means of either the traditional and natural agricultural activities. In doing so, it conclusively establishes the hyperlink among fit soil, fit nutrients, and fit people.

This functional step by step consultant and the accompanying customizable web-based spreadsheets transcend natural and are crucial instruments for any severe gardener who cares concerning the caliber of the produce they grow.

Steve Solomon is the writer of numerous landmark gardening books together with Gardening whilst it Counts and Growing greens West of the Cascades. The founding father of the Territorial Seed corporation, he has been becoming so much of his family's nutrition for over thirty-five years.


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The farm garden is particularly important, because it is possible to produce so much food, for so little effort and with no additional fertilizer. During times of low prices, when farmers’ cash is scarce, the properly planned farm garden can supply 75 per cent of the food energy which he would ordinarily buy. This, with what he gets from animals and poultry, should carry him through any emergency. Subsistence farming is a system of vegetable crop production so fitted in with the production of poultry and animal products, including sheep and wool for clothing, that the family can grow everything it needs on the land, without selling anything.

The air was still free of smog. The soil grew things well, and the neighbors did not jump my fence to pinch produce. What more could I want from suburbia? In short order, vegetables became a major part of what we ate; homegrown vegetables largely replaced meat-and-potatoes. I became a confident food gardener, bored with restaurants, and I dreamt about escaping the Los Angeles rat-race. I have grown a substantial food garden ever since. I can’t imagine living differently. And knowing what I know now about the nutritional qualities of supermarket stuff, if I want to stay healthy, I have little choice but to make my own vegetables most of what I eat.

The rest of you are uncertain. You wonder if this remineralization stuff really is the way to go. Maybe you’ve read a few issues of Acres or Mother Earth News or subscribed to Rodale’s Organic Gardening for a year or three, as so many of us oldies did when first starting out. Consequently, you are now aware of conflicting viewpoints…and most of them sound pretty reasonable. Some prominent voices assert the following pleasing fiction: there is no need to pay attention to soil minerals because almost every soil already contains all the elements needed to grow nutrient-dense food crops; currently non-productive soils only need the right sort of biological encouragement — the sort that can inexpensively be brewed up out of some specially concocted compost (but only if you buy a patented brewer and the appropriate starter cultures).

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