This is the actual download link. The one above only allows you to stream the episode, so click here if you want to download! This episode features part 2 of my long-form interview with gardening writer Steve Solomon. We continue to discuss his new book, The Intelligent Gardener, which he co-wrote with Erica Reinheimer. In this episode, we delve into the nitty gritty of the assertions made in the book. We discuss Steve's assertion that most soils do not have the right balance of minerals and how this decreases the nutrient value of our food. We also talk about why organic farmers should consider using certain synthetic fertilizers.
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.
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.