For those who wish to learn more about soils, here is a list of books that have been instrumental in our education over the years. While they tend to be quite detailed, wading through them results in an unsurpassed knowledge of the relationship between soils and plants. As a start, we've provided links to Amazon.com review pages for more insight.
A very detailed and amazing look at the role of fungus in soils and its critical symbiotic relationship for plants. An amazing fact: 40% of the world's cellulose is recycled each year by fungus. The science is quite complete, but the effort is worth the understanding. I'll promise you this, once you finish this one, your gardening habits will be completely changed!
The Nature and Properties of Soils
This is an excellent introduction to the "underworld". This college text covers both the mineral side of soils as well as the microbe. Highly recommended!
Roots and Soil Management
Here's the plant version of the phrase "where the rubber meets the road". A collection of essays, here you get depth over breadth.
From Tree To Shining Tree
An utterly fascinating look into the world of mycelium, and the critical role it plays in the health of forests. You’ll have to excuse a few goofy sound effects, but the science behind it is very strong. A real pleasure to listen to.
Teaming With Microbes
A good primer into the amazing world of soils microbes and the soil food web. It's science based, but not too heavy.
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