Teeming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis
Healthy soil is the basis for everything in the garden. This book, subtitled The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, clearly explains how gardeners can set the stage for growing healthy, vigorous plants by understanding and cultivating the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms. This revised edition includes new chapters on mycorrhizae (soil fungi that form beneficial associations with plants) and archaea (single-celled organisms that play a role in cycling nitrogen), along with lots of practical information on making and using compost, mulch and compost tea. It should be required reading for every gardener! Available from Timber Press for $24.95.
Favorite or New Plant
Camp Joy Cherry Tomato
Over the years, I've cultivated lots of varieties of cherry tomatoes and 'Camp Joy' is my hands-down favorite. I've grown it now for many years and it always does well in my garden, the strong vines rewarding me with ample harvests of large red cherry tomatoes. But what really sets it apart is its delicious flavor! Unlike many other cherry tomatoes I've tried, 'Camp Joy' has a true, well rounded, real tomato flavor. Seeds of this great heirloom variety are available from Renee's Garden, www.reneesgarden.com.