Soil Science for Gardeners

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Build healthy soil and grow better plants

Healthy soil means thriving plants. Yet untangling the soil food web and optimizing your soil health is beyond most gardeners, many of whom lack an in-depth knowledge of the soil ecosystem.

Soil Science for Gardeners is an accessible, science-based guide to understanding soil fertility and, in particular, the rhizosphere – the thin layer of liquid and soil surrounding plant roots, so vital to plant health.

Robert Pavlis, a gardener for over four decades, debunks common soil myths, explores the rhizosphere, and provides a personalized soil fertility improvement program in this three-part popular science guidebook. Coverage includes:

  • Soil biology and chemistry and how plants and soil interact
  • Common soil health problems, including analyzing soil’s fertility and plant nutrients
  • The creation of a personalized plan for improving your soil fertility, including setting priorities and goals in a cost-effective, realistic time frame.
  • Creating the optimal conditions for nature to do the heavy lifting of building soil fertility

Written for the home gardener, market gardener, and micro-farmer, Soil Science for Gardeners is packed with information to help you grow thriving plants.

Part of Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series

About The Author

Robert Pavlis is a well-known speaker, and educator with over 40 years of gardening experience. He is the author of Building Natural Ponds, Garden Myths Book 1 & 2, and publishes the popular gardening blogs; and As the owner and head gardener of Aspen Grove Gardens, a six-acre botanical garden, he grows 3,000 varieties of plants.

Book Reviews

Explains why things work in your garden! Equally important, Pavlis uses science
to destroy so many gardening myths.


A horticultural path of success and discovery.


Painless science, practical knowledge. Read it from beginning to end!

— LARRY HODGSON , the Laidback Gardener

Tells what’s going on in soils and then offers practical directions to manage soil
for more productive and healthier plants.

— LEE REICH , author, The Ever Curious Gardener

Book Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (May 12, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865719306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865719309
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces


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