• Teaming with Nutrients

  • The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition
  • By: Jeff Lowenfels, Wayne Lewis
  • Narrated by: Chris Lutkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Most gardeners realize that plants need to be fed but know little to nothing about the nature of the nutrients involved or how they get into plants. Teaming with Nutrients explains how nutrients move into plants and what both macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients do once inside. It shows organic gardeners how to provide these essentials. To fully explain how plants eat, Lowenfels uses his ability to make science accessible with lessons in biology, chemistry, and botany that all gardeners need to know to understand how nutrients get to the plant and what they do once they're inside it. 

Teaming with Nutrients will open your eyes to the importance of understanding the role of nutrients in healthy, productive organic gardens, and it will show you how these nutrients do their jobs. In short, it will make you a better informed, more successful, and more environmentally responsible gardener.

©2013 Jeff Lowenfels (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Wow, narrator can't even pronounce nucleus.

I was incredibly disappointed when I saw the same narrator that read Teaming with Microbes was also reading Teaming with Nutrients. Mr. Lutkin does not have a high school-level command of the English language. I would be totally okay with that if not for the fact this is a book on plant science. In the first chapter there is a short section about a plant cell's nucleus, or "nuculus" if you were to hear Mr. Lutkin say it. It's exactly at 1h21m20s into the audio book where he starts reading "nuculus" for anyone interested in keeping score. I feel like Audible or someone should at least proof the audio of their books. I don't feel like I'm being an asshole for expecting a narrator of a book to meet basic reading standards. It's a book on science with a lot of Latinate words that are difficult to pronounce, and if there is an occasional flub trying to say "endoplasmic reticulum," or whatever, no big deal. And "nucleus" isn't the only word he flubs by a long shot. His reading miscues are all over the place. They were on "Teaming with Microbes" and are back again in "Teaming with Nutrients." Huge disappointment. As for the actual content of the book, I've just started the 2nd chapter after having my "nuculus"-induced aneurysm. So far it's right in line with "Teaming with Microbes," which was very helpful in getting to know my way around soil.

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Narrator's mispronunciations are distracting

The narrator's mispronunciation of scientific words was distracting. Since this book is about the science of plant nutrition, Audible should have made sure that the narrator knows how to pronounce the relevant words. I wonder if the authors listened to this audiobook before making it available on Audible.

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If you’re someone who listens faster then make sure to put this at 1.7x speed because the pauses are still there at 1.5x speed. Otherwise this book has everything you need to know about nutrients.

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Brilliant and insightful wisdom

this book is amazing literally..jeff lowenfels is a true genius
The details of plant nutrient needs and the soil biochemistry and relationships and mycorhyzzal influences has not been so well defined in easy to understand and comprehend language. if you are interested in plants and farming adn gardening or soil this book should be on the top of your "must" list...

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full of great information but lacks in other areas

This book by Jeff Lowenfels gives you a good starting point in understanding on how nutrition interacts with the plants. I really enjoy that everything is broke down so you don't have to much at once. Some mispronouncing of words but I don't even know how to say them correctly. So it is what it is.

Biggest downfall is how many times the reader says "see photo blank" I can't see the photos needed to understand what was being said. Maybe a PDF with attached photographic information would help immensely. Otherwise you will need to by a physical edition to understand everything in this book.

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great overview of how plants work

great book of you are into plants and would like a deeper understanding about them.

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blown away listening again

I am 100% listening again the amount of information in this book is astounding

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  • Mat
  • 07-20-20

Great book

I thought it was a great read. Jeff goes into a lot of detail to plant systems and explains components well. As someone who completed tertiary education in plant science it was a refreshing reminder of the complexity of plants and why I love them. Jeff has a bias towards organically grown and GMO free plants, which came through in the writing, and although I respect his position, I can't agree with it all and never like it when someone pushes an ideology onto readers, and for that can't give 5 stars. Definitely a book you'll need to read a few times to really get the most from it.

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  • Pepper
  • 04-22-22

Great book, AWFUL narrator

Got the hard copy of this book and love it. Wanted to get it in audiobook format so I could listen on the go. UGH, the narrator is terrible. If you think the sample sounds robotic, just wait until you listen to 20 minutes of him. I had to get a refund, I can't listen to him, as much as I love this book.

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  • 01-23-22

Informative but a bit dry

Lots of detailed and wonderful information though it’s not as easy to listen to as the other ‘Teaming with…’ books. Chris Lutkin, the narrator, is clear and easy to understand but I find his reading style flat and a bit broken. I would still recommend this book to any keen gardener though!