This is the actual download link. The one above doesn't work so click here! In this long-form interview with gardening writer Steve Solomon, we discuss his new book, The Intelligent Gardener, which he co-wrote with Erica Reinheimer.
I read the book a month ago. It's really good. In it, Steve argues that the key to growing healthy crops is to combine the return of organic matter to the soil with a practice called remineralization, which involves assessing the mineral content of your soil and then adding the right mix of amendments to ensure they are in proper balance (Steve's contention: few soils are). Along the way, Steve provides an excellent beginner's entry into soil science, and challenges some of the organic movement's tightly held assumptions about sustainable crop production.
This is a long conversation, and it's only part one. With over forty years experience as a gardener and seed producer who has been voracious in his consumption of published farming knowledge, Steve had a lot to talk about. In this part, Steve takes us through his career as he explains how he arrived at the conclusions he asserts in The Intelligent Gardener.
Steve currently manages the Soil and Health Library, an online repository of out-of-print books on agriculture and gardening. He also oversees an email listserv called Soil and Health.
Part 2 will be here next week.