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The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food

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Vegetables, fruits, and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but centuries of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows. As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half of the vitamins and minerals that the equivalent serving would have contained a hundred years ago. This is a matter for serious concern, since poor nutritio...more
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Published December 4th 2012 by New Society Publishers (first published November 13th 2012)
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First of all, the subtitle is a bit misleading. You won't get information on many aspects of growing nutrient-dense food, like variety selection and time of harvest, out of this book. What The Intelligent Gardener does provide, though, is well worth the price.

I've been nibbling around the edges of learning about soil testing for the last couple of years, but this book turned my understanding into a full (and nutrient-dense) meal. Solomon's work is based largely on Albrecht's studies of the optim...more
Near the end of his new book, The Intelligent Gardener, long-time garden guru Steve Solomon makes a significant point: “There is no place on this planet that remains free of toxic residues.” He then suggests we would be far better off if we quit worrying so much about toxicity and, instead, concentrated on growing and eating nutrient dense food.

I’ve been able to follow, and participate to a degree, in Mr. Solomon’s metamorphosis from expert “organic” gardener to expert “nutrient dense” gardener....more
The Intelligent Gardener lays out the practical science for growing the best garden possible. Solomon goes beyond simply giving practical, common sense advice and looks to the science behind plant growth to give the whys and wherefores along with the hows. He has made be a believer in the soil test and, mea culpa, I will get one before next Spring.

Though he can be preachy and at times acerbic, Solomon writes a good gardening book. Thankfully his tone has mellowed over the past decade. While I a...more
Mitch Allen
Steve Solomon is a master. His clear, unvarnished explanations will help anyone succeed with their vegetable garden, particularly in the Northwest, and his latest book takes on the controversial topic of nutrient density. For some time the food industry has focused on yield and shelf life while consumers are concerned about food safety, and we've sacrificed the nutrition in our food to the detriment of our health. I've read everything that I can find on this topic and this is by far the best, mo...more
Leah Walker
A fascinating analysis of soil remineralization to produce nutrient dense food. Solomon presents arguments that counter the current trends in organic gardening. His tone is often derisive of the reader and modern culture, but I have started using his basic principles combined with the "back to eden" techniques. I am excited to see the results. This is not a fast read and at times a degree in chemistry would be helpful.
Tad Hussey
My only complaint is that he downplays the significance of the soil food web and nutrient cycling in the rhizosphere in my opinion. Excellent read though and the best bridge between the mineral folks and the soil food web guys I've read to date.
How to bring your soil to its maximum potential for growing nutrient dense food. Depends heavily on a knowledge of chemistry so the book is slow reading but otherwise good advice. Some of it is counter-intuitive, like additions of compost and manure should be limited.
Too complicated. Let me boil it down: Your garden soil need more than just carbon and manure. Get a soil test. There. I just saved you a couple hundred pages of complicated soil chemistry.
One of the best non-fiction attempts I've treated myself in a while. Great information and steps to create a successful environment.
Charlie Kester
After reading this book, I will definitely be doing a soil test before I plant my garden next spring.
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