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Understanding Roots

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978 0961 584863
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Understanding Roots uncovers one of the greatest mysteries of the underground---the secret lives and magical workings of the roots that move and grow invisibly beneath our feet.  Roots do more than just keep a plant from falling over:  they gather water and nutrients, exude wondrous elixirs to create good soil, make friends with microbes and fungi, communicate with other roots, and adapt themselves to all manner of soils, winds and climates, nourishing and sustaining our gardens and woodlands.

Here are some of the many fascinating and useful features of this book:

   * 76 enchanting and revealing root drawings

   * A very detailed review of all aspects of transplanting (the "hole" truth)

   * How roots work their magic to improve all of the soil's nutrients

   * The hidden life of soil microbes and their mysterious relationship to roots

   * Do deep roots really gather more unique nutrients than shallow roots? The surprising answer.

   * The latest about the mysteries of mycorrhizal association (all about the good fungi that feed plants)

   * Learn exactly where to put your fertilizer, compost, water, and mulch to help your plants flourish

   * The real effect of cardboard & straw mulch on apple-tree roots (plus 63 apple root drawings)

   * Why grey water increases crop yields more than fresh water

   * The science behind all the above.

Every root system revealed in this book was drawn by people literally in the trenches, sketching the roots where they grew.  This is not a  revised edition---it's a whole new stand-alone book.  Enjoy!

Contents:  Acknowledgments, Introduction

1. Grassland, Prairie & Desert Roots

2. Vegetable Roots

3. Fruit & Nut Tree Roots

4. Ornamental & Native Tree Roots

5. Humus

6. Beneficial Root Biota

7. Dynamic Accumulators

8. Deep Roots & Nutrients

9. Nitrogen-Fixing Roots

10. Other Roots that Improve Soils

11. A Favorable Fungus

12. Transplanting Roots

13. Mulching Tree Roots

14. Roots & Grey Water

Citations, 3 Appendices, Index.

Robert Kourik, 2015, 220 pgs, Illustrated with b&w drawings, graphs & tables throughout.  $24.95


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