I have been doing a lot of reading about a soil biology, and some plant physiology. I am understand the principals, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty I dont always follow. I feel like i need to take a college biology, chemistry and biochemistry course, but I can't afford to. What textbooks or other sources if information would you recommend?
Howdy Isaac. I myself want to know as much as I can about soil, soil biology, chemistry and the likes. I don't have will or desire to go to college again, but I've read some great books recently on this subject. Here's a list of books I have read or are on the shelf in the "to read" stack.
Building Soil by Elizabeth Murphy
Building Soil Naturally by Phil Nauta
Healthy Soils, Sick Soils by Margareth Sekera
From The Soil Up by Donald Schriefer
The Biology of Soil by Richard Bardgett
Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis
Secrets of the Soil by Peter Tompkins
Building Soils for Better Crops by Fred Magdoff & Harold van Es
The Soul of Soil by Joseph Smillie
Understanding Roots by Robert Kourik
The Hidden Half of Nature by David Montgomery
I know there have got to be more out there, and I bet some other folks on permies know great books to recommend also. In certainly hope they do, cause I would like to know about them as well!
I absolutely must mention the current threadWhat we need to know about Soil authored by Mr. Bryant Redhawk, over in the soil forum. This gentleman is a soil scientist, and is currently sharing a wealth of knowledge. It's a must read. I would insert a link to that thread but I don't know how to do that.
"Study books and observe nature; if they do not agree, throw away the books." ~ William A. Albrecht