This set includes three books from the Science for Gardeners series by seasoned gardener Robert Pavlis.
PLANT SCIENCE FOR GARDENERS
Plant Science for Gardeners is an easy introduction to plant biology and chemistry that gives you the knowledge and confidence to analyze problems, find solutions, and make better decisions in the garden to optimize plant health and productivity.
- The biology of roots, stems, leaves, and flowers
- Understanding how plants function as whole organisms
- The role of nutrients and inputs
- Vegetables, flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs
- Propagation and genetics
- Sidebars that explode common gardening myths
- Tips for evaluating plant problems and finding solutions.
Whether you're a home gardener, micro-farmer, market gardener, or homesteader, this entertaining and accessible guide shortens the learning curve. It gives you the knowledge to succeed no matter where you live.
SOIL SCIENCE FOR GARDENERS
Soil Science for Gardeners is an easy-to-read, practical guide to the science behind a healthy soil ecosystem and thriving plants.
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
- Creating 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.
COMPOST SCIENCE FOR GARDENERS
Compost Science for Gardeners demystifies the full range of composting methods and helps readers determine or select the best technique for their situation.
Using plain language and easy-to-follow instructions, this essential resource distills and blends the latest scientific research with the author's many decades of knowledge and experience into manageable form, debunking a host of common gardening myths along the way.
- The role of composting in the ecological cycle
- Compostable materials to incorporate and those to avoid
- Browns and greens vs. the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio
- The full range of composting methods, including cold and hot composting; composting in piles, bins, and tumblers; and pit and trench composting
- Keyhole gardening, food digesters, vermicomposting, bokashi, eco-enzyme fermentation, and more
- The relative merits and impact on the environment of each composting technique
- Using finished compost to improve soil health
Anyone can compost. Whether you are a balcony or backyard gardener, market gardener, small-scale farmer, homesteader, or even looking to keep organic matter out of the landfill, this book will show you how to do it thoroughly, safely, and safely and sensibly.