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Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon
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Jun 28, 2011

it was amazing

As a newbie gardener, I liked this book because it has such a scientific bent. It's not a textbook, but it's clearly written by someone who is both experienced in the field, and has a deep understanding of the chemistry & biology of gardening. So many books tell you what to do; it's nice when someone explains why.

I made my own Complete Organic Fertilizer, following the book's instruction. It was an adventure, but I finally stumbled across the Hugo Feed Mill, which sells the bulk agricultural products that are called for. But, it's much more fun to make your own fertilizer than to just buy a bag of it at Home Depot. And, thanks to the fertilizer, my tomatoes are now doing great. (well, they were ravaged by the deer a few days ago, but otherwise they're about as healthy as can be.)
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