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Building Natural Ponds Book is Released

Pond building was not entirely new to me when I decided to build a large pond ten years ago. I had built a few small traditional ponds in the past, and my previous project was a large, multi-level waterfall and pond combination. These had all followed traditional designs and used pumps to keep the water clean. My new pond would be in an area that did not have electricity, and I didn’t really want to run a new hydro line to the location. I wondered, is it possible to build a natural pond with no electricity?

After much research it became clear that all of the experts agreed – it was not possible to make a lined pond without pumps and filters. That made no sense to me and I decided to prove the experts wrong. Move ahead 10 years and I have not only built such a pond, but have become somewhat of an expert on the subject. After writing a few articles for magazines like Mother Earth News, a publisher approached me to write the first book on natural ponds.

I am very happy to announce its release; Building Natural Ponds, by Robert Pavlis.

Building Natural Ponds, by Robert Pavlis

Building Natural Ponds, by Robert Pavlis

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Garden Myths Book Is Released

I started collecting and writing about garden myths about 10 years ago and have been thinking about putting them into a book format for several years. Writing a book is a big job so I decided to start this blog instead. If I lost interest and only wrote about a few myths, at least they would be published in some form. More than 3 years later I am still posting myths and this blog has become extremely popular, so I finally decided to take the plunge and write a book about them. I am pleased to announce that it was released this week.

Garden Myths - Book 1, by Robert Pavlis

Garden Myths – Book 1, by Robert Pavlis

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Teaming with Microbes – A Close Look, Part 2

Teaming with Microbes, A Gardeners Guide to the Soil Food Web was reviewed in an earlier post Teaming with Microbes – In-depth Book Review and in Teaming with Microbes – A Close Look, part 1.  In this post I’ll look at more content of the book and discuss their validity and the validity of the soil food web. A gardener can learn a lot by looking at these topics in some detail.

Teaming with Microbes - A Close Look, Part 1

Teaming with Microbes – A Close Look, Part 1

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Teaming with Microbes – A Close Look, Part 1

Teaming with Microbes, A Gardeners Guide to the Soil Food Web was reviewed in an earlier post Teaming with Microbes – In-depth Book Review. In this post I would like to delve into some of the contents of the book in more detail and provide a different perspective on the soil food web. A gardener can learn a lot by looking at these topics in some detail.

Teaming with Microbes - A Close Look, Part 1

Teaming with Microbes – A Close Look, Part 1

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Teaming with Microbes – In-depth Book Review

Teaming with Microbes, a Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, is a fairly popular book in the gardening community and I thought it was time to do a review. This book is written by Jeff Lowenfels, a garden writer and attorney, and Wyne Lewis a lifelong gardener. Both gardeners clearly follow the teachings of Dr. Ingham and her soil food web. They have adopted her methodologies and present the ideas in this book.

Teaming with Microbes, A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web

Teaming with Microbes, A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web

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