Soil Science

Discussion in 'Planting, growing, nurturing Plants' started by kate c, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. kate c

    kate c Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hello,

    I would like to learn more about soil, can anyone recommend some reading on this topic.

    Cheers

    Kate
     
  2. Fernando Pessoa

    Fernando Pessoa Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2009
    Messages:
    316
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Teaming with microbes(lowenfels and lewis)
    Soil Food(jackie french).
    Natural Farming and One straw revolution (fukuoka).
    Dr Elaine Ingham(www.soilfoodweb.com.au/).
    Paul Staments,excellent mycologist.
    Good Luck
     
  3. ecodharmamark

    ecodharmamark Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2005
    Messages:
    2,922
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    G'day Kate

    Welcome to the PRI Forum.

    One of the best (in relation to our part of the world) semi-technical websites I have come across is the DPI's aptly named: 'Soil'.

    I would also highly recommend Steve Solomon's 'Soil and Health Library':

    Be warned though, the above is a HUGE repository. Once you enter, you may never leave :).

    Cheerio, Markos.
     
  4. pebble

    pebble Junior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2007
    Messages:
    2,721
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    inland Otago, NZ
    Climate:
    Inland maritime/hot/dry/frosty
  5. Speedy

    Speedy Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    Messages:
    233
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Some very good sugestions so far, I'd like to add these to the recomended reading list.

    Arden Andersen's 'Science in Agriculture' or his earlier work 'The anatomy of life and energy in Agriculture'

    'Edaphos- Dynamics of a natural soil system' by Paul D. Sachs.

    An older ,but good one...
    'Soil microorganisms and higher plants' Nikolai Krasilnikov
    You'll find it at Steve Solomon's soil and health library (see Marko's post above),
    and it's worth supporting financially so Steve can make more old books available.

    There are plenty more , but it depends how far you want to delve into the subject and what your approach might be...
    'Conventional', 'organic', or a fusion of the two, biodynamic, natural...etc.
    either way the above publications will give a good grounding for any of them as far as the natural chemical and biological processes in soils.
     
  6. kate c

    kate c Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Thanks

    Thanks to everyone for your reply - looks like I have a lot of reading ahead of me!
     
  7. SueUSA

    SueUSA Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2009
    Messages:
    212
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Book and video by Neal Kinsey (both have the same title): Hands-On Agronomy: Understanding Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Use.
     
  8. Speedy

    Speedy Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    Messages:
    233
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Yes, Hands on Agronomy is a good one.
    I have a signed copy in my library.
    I attended a seminar by Neal Kinsey about 10yrs ago.
    he knows his stuff. :)

    I've often thought that a 'translated' copy of the book would be good for folks in Aust.
    in Aust. we went metric about 40 odd yrs ago and we're used to working in hectares, litres, grams and metres.

    Kinsey's (Albrect's) system seems to work well though, with nice rounded numbers if working in acres, pounds, bushels, fl. ounces, inches, etc.

    eg. 2,000,000lb of soil over an acre to a depth of 6 3/4 inches.
     
  9. sun burn

    sun burn Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,676
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I wonder what your interest is exactly. Do you need to know as much as any scientist or just enough to make your plants grow well? If the latter, the only book i can recommend is my book on composting which i feel tells me pretty much all i need to know about soil that i don't already know. This book is by Tim Marshall and i find it really helpful. It has quickly altered the way i am approaching my block of land. I now have compost piles all over my place ( which is 1 hectare) but there will be many more to come yet. Its easier to make a pile where you are going to use it than carting stuff all over the block back to compost central. But this might not be the sort of thing you need to know.
     
  10. spirodj

    spirodj Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2010
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
  11. yanmah6258

    yanmah6258 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0

Share This Page

-->