In The Soil Will Save Us, journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"—a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming. Her discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.
"Superb science, storytelling, and narration voice"
It all began with a simple dream. An ambitious young environmental scientist hoped to establish a sustainable farm on a small patch of river-bottom land nestled among the Mississippi hills. Jay Mize convinced his wife Sandy to move their six-year-old son away from town and to a rich and lush parcel where Jacob could run free and Jay could pursue the dream of a new and progressive agriculture for the 21st century.
"Excellent first novel!"
Follow the widowed Margaret Ralston Kennedy (a relative of the author) in this second book of the Trail of Thread series, as she travels with eight of her thirteen children from Ohio to the Territory of Kansas in 1855. Thousands of American headed west in the decade before the Civil War, but those who settled in Kansas suffered through frequent clashes between pro-slavery and free-state fractions that gripped the territory.
"Lovely, interesting true story."
As farmers look for more innovative ways to grow crops hydroponics has become an option for many. With this method of gardening, no soil is need as the crops can be grown in water with the aid of mineral nutrient solutions. As such the book The Guide To Hydroponic Gardening For The Novice is well timed as it gives the budding gardener the opportunity to learn about this new way to grow crops. The great thing is that no soil is need so there need be no fuss about purchasing rich topsoil and other fertilizers or even to plough land to prepare it for planting.
Want to grow your own fertilizer? Or how about some home-grown weed block? On this week's You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath tells you all about how you can grow soil-saving cover crops. Plus, legendary garden writer Barbara Damrosch talks about growing your own food year-round. And as always, plenty of chemical-free answers to all your garden questions.
Lois Nicholls discovers the grass is not always greener on the other side when she emigrates to Australia with her young family. While she speaks the same language she often experiences a cultural divide and lack of understanding by locals. The scorching heat is unbearable and a homesick fog also threatens to derail her notion of a romantic adventure in a foreign land. This is a humorous, frank account of what it's really like to leave all that is familiar and loved to start a new life down under.
"An absolute classic!"
This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
How to Improve Soil Condition in Your Garden is a great audiobook for beginner and intermediate gardeners. The health of your garden, whether it is fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, or other plants, is in direct relation to the health of the garden soil. In many cases, today's' soils are not what they were several generations ago, so the need and importance to amend and boost the soil's nutrient levels, as well as improving soil texture exists.
Before September 11, 2001, one terrorist group had killed more Americans than any other: Hezbollah, the "Party of God". Today it remains potentially more dangerous than even al Qaeda. Yet little has been known about its inner workings, past successes, and future plans: until now.
"Wake Up !!!"
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, led most American citizens to feel that we are no longer safe and secure in our communities. However, terrorism is not a new phenomenon in the United States. This book chronicles 37 such assaults on American soil from the end of the Civil War to the present day. Not only are the most infamous attacks discussed; events that are obscure and relatively unknown - but fascinating nonetheless - are detailed as well.
"Solid Information - Poor Audio"
Sand, silt, clay, and humus. Dig deep into this book about soil to discover the world beneath your feet.
A raindrop doesn’t just go splat when it hits the ground. A fizz emanates from each drop, a new study published January 14 in Nature Communications reveals, transporting chemicals from the ground into the air. This mechanism may create the earthy aroma after a rainstorm.
It begins as a simple dream. An idealistic environmental scientist moves his wife and young son off the grid, to a stretch of river-bottom farmland in the Mississippi hills, hoping to position himself at the forefront of a revolution in agriculture. Within a year he is ruined. When a corpse appears on his family's property, the farmer is convinced he's being set up.
The story of dairying in Wisconsin is the story of how our very landscape and way of life were created. By making cows the center of our farm life and learning how to care for them, our ancestors launched a revolution that changed much more than the way farmers earned their living - it changed us. In Creating Dairyland, journalist, oral historian, and former dairyman Ed Janus opens the pages of the fascinating story of Wisconsin dairy farming.
"THE MODERN FARMER"
New federal laws may make it easier for homeowners to chase away those pestiferous Canada Geese. Ron Kokel of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joins us to discuss these new regulations. Plus, on the Question of the Week: Do you turn your garden soil every spring and then fight weeds all summer long? Mike McGrath will explain how a "no-till" system can do away with all that work of weeding and soil turning, not only for your garden beds, but also your lawn.
Soil solarization is the tactic of last resort when your garden dirt is plagued by wilts and diseases, or is so infested with weed seeds you can't grow anything successfully. But you have to do it right - and live in a fairly warm region. Mike McGrath will reveal the hot details in the Question of the Week!