ISBN: 9780961584832 Year Added to Catalog: 2007 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: Black and White Illustrations Number of Pages: 176 Book Publisher: Metamorphic Press Release Date: November 15, 2007 Web Product ID: 360
Opens the door to the world beneath your garden’s feet—where healthy plants begin.
Roots Demystified explains simple solutions for growing healthy roots and, thereby, healthier plants. The book explores the subterranean part of every gardener’s world, revealing how roots really grow while correcting common errors such as where most gardeners apply water, mulch, and fertilizer or compost. This is the first and only book in print for gardeners with such an extensive number of illustrations of garden and orchard roots. The roots covered underlie lawns, prairies, shrubs, vegetables, fruit trees, and native and ornamental trees. Practical tips for how a gardener can use this information to create more abundant vegetables, better lawns, and sturdier trees and shrubs are offered with each of the 70 illustrations. Roots Demystified also describes several ways to garden without turning the soil—no-till and surface cultivation—a plus for aging baby-boomers.
"A gold mine of fascinating facts about the secret life of plants under ground.... While the focus of Roots Demystified is most squarely on trees and shrubs, the book is one of the best I have read on how to get plants of any kind to grow, and grow well."
—Jack Ruttle, Garden Design magazine
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.