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Grow Your Soil!: Harness the Power of the Soil Food Web to Create Your Best Garden Ever

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Growing awareness of the importance of soil health means that microbes are on the minds of even the most casual gardeners. After all, anyone who has ever attempted to plant a thriving patch of flowers or vegetables knows that what you grow is only as good as the soil you grow it in. It is possible to create and maintain rich, dark, crumbly soil that’s teeming with life, us ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published February 2nd 2020)
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MissBecka Gee
Whether you have a green thumb or have managed to kill a plastic will find help here.
There is so much information packed into these 176 pages.
You will learn how to get the most out of your garden by starting (quite literally) from the ground up.
The methods in here are not only natural & easy to incorporate, but some of them even make for less work (hello no more rototiller!).
Thanks to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for my DRC.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love plants. I love flowers. I love pretty things.
Unfortunately they do not seem to love me very much.
I plant and they grow and that's it. They stall. They cease to grow. My flowers do not bloom. My plants wither and so does my soul. I cry in the darkness and I become another ghost to roam this cold, dark lonely world.
Basically what I learned from this book is that I was doing everything wrong lol. Regarding soil, placing the seeds, and everything else.
Pam Dawling
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grow Your Soil! by Diane Miessler
Harness the Power of Microbes to Create Your Best Garden Ever
Storey Publishing, January 2020
• Price: $16.95
• Size: 6 x 9
• Pages: 176
• Format: Paperback ISBN: 9781635862072
• Other formats: Ebook

If you are a beginner organic gardener, or you’re looking for a book for someone in that category, this book has a clear user-friendly approach. It won’t scare off newbies with too much detail.
Grow Your Soil! is an introduction to soil biology and gardening in eig
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great information presented in a fun, easy-to-read format (infographics, sidebars, tidbits, and fun prose). Fantastic resource for all gardeners, regardless of experience level!
Jolene Yaksich
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book with great information for all types of gardeners. I loved learning about the different micro and macro organisms that live in the soil.
Kirsten is tired
A hugely thorough look at soil, it's structure, and how to improve it. Discusses the different levels of soil from the microbacteria to the mulch to everything in between. Really really interesting and useful! ...more
Bonnie Thompson
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is by far the most fun gardening book I have ever read! Miessler makes soil science come alive and will have you running out to the nearest patch of earth to sink your bare hands in and finding a whole new world. Happy gardening!
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Engaging to read, great design, delightful illustrations involving worms, and best of all, I learned stuff I didn't know! I have so many new ideas for how to sustainably take care of my little plot of land... and make it beautiful. Cover crops, cardboard, compost that isn't stinky, puttering, soil food web diversity, mycorrizhea, worm bins for kitchen scraps. I have so many dog-eared pages and so much gardening to do. ...more
Moondust Moth
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of 'No-Waste Organic Gardening' by Shawna Coronado
SOIL. FOOD. WEB. This is an absolutely amazing gardening resource on the science of soil biology (soil makes up 1/3 of the surface of our planet!) which I feel is often overlooked and not understood. I'm 'lazy' and thus have a great love for efficient systems that also reduce harm to the environment (hello permaculture!), and this book helps me do just that. "Work smarter, not harder.", is my lazy-girl motto after all, and let's face it, gardening is endless work often made more difficult by poo ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley2019
Grow Your Soil is such a well thought out and useful book! As gardeners, we spend so much time growing and caring for our plants, but often, the one thing overlooked is the health of the soil. The author focuses on letting nature take care of your soil, and while many of her suggestions were already part of my soil habits, some made me stop and think.
No rototilling? Well, that would be great and it turns out it is more harmful than helpful. No fertilizers needed( or very little)? Mulch and comp
Raising Rigby's
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grow Your Soil took me by surprise! I didn't think a book on soil would interest me so much, but the science behind it all is amazing. If only it was published sooner as this would be a great Christmas gift for my father in law. The illustrations on the chapters and little doodles are brilliant too. ...more
Kelly Hodgkins
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved “Grow Your Soil!” by Diane Miessler from the first page! It is packed full of insightful information but it’s threaded together with a fabulous “building your soil house” metaphor which makes the science easier to remember and the book more enjoyable!

The book begins setting the scene for why healthy soil is not only great for the gardener but for the world as well. It details the way we’ve destroyed the ground by taking more from it than we put in.

It explores how to work in harmony with
Scott Lupo
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun book to read...about soil! I garnered at least two nuggets of wisdom: biochar and composting in your garden. I had never heard of biochar before reading this book but understand it now as something similar to vermiculite or perlite. It helps to aerate the soil and keep it moist. The composting within your garden is a great idea versus throwing everything in the composting bins. This is especially true at the end of the season. Pull and lay down. Pull and lay down. I like this concept, especi ...more
Janis Hill
I would like to thank Storey Publishing for providing me with a free – temporary – electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley. Although I required their approval, the decision to read this book is my choice and any reviews given are obligation free.

This is another book I read recently, so yay me! I’m back!

‘Grow your own soil’ was a very entertaining and inspiring book on how we can all do our own bit in helping create soil from dirt, and then keep it healthy. As healthy soil creates healthy food
Trent Thompson
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good primer on cultivating healthy garden soil.
Sarah Price
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a brilliant book.

I am quite new to the enjoyment of gardening but as I own my own home now the last couple of years have been hearing up to enjoying researching about what's best where etc.

It's a great book for explaining what different textures of soils mean and how to treat it and what thrives in each type of soil.

This has been brilliant for me because I am a complete novice when it comes to plants etc.
Cindy Black
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An inspiring book that taught me about how soil microbes work - thank you Diane for clarifying this complex topic. I've been in the garden my whole life, now I am in the soil...already making changes, some big, some small, that are helping the plants and microbes grow - yay! ...more
Jan Swaren
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing read. I had two great novels come in the mail at the same time but I couldn't put "Grow Your Soil" down. I am a beginner gardener and this book instantly changed my relationship to the soil, the mulch in the area, weeds, and insects. Diane Miessler's writing style is humourous and fun and very encouraging. I really can't say enough. Thanks so much for writing and publishing this book! ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Grow Your Soil! is a tutorial and theory book for soil health and building by Diane Miessler. Due out 18th Feb 2020 from Storey, it's 176 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.

This is such a fun and engaging book. The whole book is written around a metaphor for soil as a house. Each of the basic components are listed with tutorials for addressing the components (roof, walls, etc) and building them into a cohesive whole. For
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have been leisurely studying soil science for the past couple years and was naturally interested in Grow Your Soil! by Diane Miessler. I have read books, articles, and watched presentations by well renowned soil advocates such as Jeff Lowenfels and Elaine Ingham, among others. When I first started reading Grow Your Soil!, my impression was that it was written for an audience with limited experience on the subject. As I continued to read, I found that I really enjoyed the content and Diane's st ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In GROW YOUR SOIL, Diane Messler states that gardening is like making magic. That statement tells me I’m going to love this book, because that’s how I feel. That said, after I finished the book, I went, “Whew!!! That’s a lot to remember!” There was a lot of important information in this book…and it took it a little farther than I was capable of wanting to know. As I sat here in the middle of winter reading it, I got a little depressed…I was already too late to start putting this new info to use. ...more
Andrea Wright
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Beautiful gardening book that is so full of information, including a good portion of science, yet fun and entertaining to read! I must own this and would recommend one to any gardener you know. I am interested to know if this is also a book that men would enjoy or if it its too soft and pretty looking as to deter from the actual science and info in it.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was super repetitive with some sentences showing up in the same paragraph.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent gardening book. It mixes science with hints and it's useful for anyone interested in gardening.
Strongly recommended, it's a useful and interesting book.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this gardening book for incredible information, delivered with wit. It all starts with the soil, feed the soil to feed the plants. Filled great illustrations. Inspirational and topical. A book for all gardeners.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful guide for a beginning gardener. I had no idea soil was so alive and complex....or that enriching it could be so simple. Diane had a playful approach to her book that made it a real pleasure to read. I'm already applying her techniques to my garden. Wish me luck! ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: garden
A little basic for anyone whose ever put seeds in the ground and had a compost pile previously. My son enjoying some of the chapters as I needed some justification why we couldn’t dig in the wet winter saturated soil quite yet.
Gregory Butera
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a clever and funny take on the science behind good soil in your garden. If you want to understand how to better support your veggies, fruits and flowers and learn about how to build soil by making and using compost, and like a good chuckle or two, this is the book to read.
Lana Seaver
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it

A very informative, easy to read, book about improving the soil in your garden. I enjoyed it, and learned some things of what to do and not to do.
Kyle Milbrand
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really sensible advice that you can put into practice immediately.
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