Organic landscaper and author Robert Kourik sheds light on the fascinating world of plant roots in this wonderful resource for gardeners. At over 200 pages, this large book is packed with a wealth of information on how roots grow, collect nutrients, and interact with their environment, and how that knowledge can be used to better care for plants -be they ornamental trees and shrubs, or fruit and vegetable plants in the garden.
The book is filled with detailed root drawings and studies of roots from grassland, prairie, and desert plants, fruit and nut trees, and vegetables, pointing out their distinct features and unique needs. Kourik shows readers how this information should affect our approach to mulching, watering, and feeding plants for the best possible outcome. Additional topics discussed include crop rotation, tilling and it’s effect on beneficial root biota, the function of beneficial root biota, the importance of mycorrhizae and whether or not you should add them to your soil (the answer may surprise you!), and much more.
Understanding Roots is a must-have for anyone who is truly serious about organic gardening. Though I don’t have much experience as a gardener (yet!), this book has left me with a much better understanding of the role both soil and root health play in the bigger picture of growing stronger, more resilient plants- as well as a newfound appreciation for the complexity of root systems and soil microbes! If you want to save yourself a lot of time, effort, as well as avoid making a lot of costly mistakes, the knowledge compiled in this book is invaluable. And even though it’s very detailed and scientific, you definitely don’t have to be a scientist to understand and glean from this book. Perfect for beginners and well-seasoned gardeners alike. A fantastic read, highly recommended!
Rating: 5 stars
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About the author
Robert Kourik began his career in organic landscape maintenance in 1974. Over the next four decades, he honed his horticulture-related skills by working with clients throughout the US, and has since written fourteen books on the creation of sustainable homes and gardens.
His book Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape―Naturally, originally written in 1986, has become a classic in its field, defining the genera of gardening now known as “edible landscaping,” and focusing on organic, natural, sustainable, integrated systems.
His extensive thirty-five-year-old ornamental/herbal drought- and deer-resistant garden and orchard have never been watered.
Learn more by visiting http://www.robertkourik.com/