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Dr. Elaine Ingham

              Soil Biology Books, Manuals, and Posters

10 Steps To Gardening With Nature: Using Sustainable Methods To Replicate Mother Nature by Carole Ann Rollins, Ph.D. and Elaine Ingham, Ph.D.. This 100-page full color paperback provides practical guidelines and steps to follow to be successful in a Gardening With Nature program. Both authors hold a PhD and are known experts in the organic gardening industry. Gardening With Nature means more than just switching from chemical fertilizers to organic gardening products or implementing sustainable growing practices. "The switch" involves implementing a whole new preventative approach to gardening. Through a question-and-answer format the authors describe how to grow organically and sustainably using this Gardening With Nature approach. The beautiful photos and colorful illustrations enhance the text by being engaging, informative, and inspiring. Retail Price $24.95. ISBN-10: 0979756146, ISBN-13: 978-0979756146  
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Adding Biology For Soil And Hydroponic Systems by Elaine Ingham, Ph.D. and Carole Ann Rollins, Ph.D. Simple explanations about how to add biology to any plant growing system makes this book easy-to-read for the general public. Guidelines for conventional, sustainable and organic applications -- whether you are growing indoors in controlled environments and soilless media or outdoors in open fields of soil, this book helps you design your growing systems and incorporate biology into your programs. Basic biology and chemistry of nutrient-cycling and plant growing environments are given, so the mystery is taken out of plant growing. Preface: This notebook is an attempt to provide basic information about adding biology to soil and soilless media whether in outdoor fields or indoor controlled environment hydroponics systems. Once we are equipped with the knowledge, we can then make intelligent decisions when faced with so many choices of brands and products in the marketplace. Whether we are using synthetic fertilizers/nutrients or sustainable practices, or have converted to organic systems, there is a way to add biology to enhance production, yield and quality. This notebook will provide you with some of the parameters, tools and knowledge so you can integrate biology into your specific growing system. Retail Price $18.95. ISBN-10: 0979756103, ISBN-13: 978-0979756108
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The Field Guide I For Actively Aerated Compost Tea by Elaine Ingham, Ph.D. and compiled by Carole Ann Rollins, Ph.D. This is a reference book for truly dedicated growers questing for scientific knowledge and answers to questions about organic growing, the interface between synthetic and organic growing materials, and parameters to follow when using compost tea in either system. Field Guide I is 171 pages of email answers from Dr. Elaine Ingham (2001-2003) about current research on Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT) in Field Applications. The Guide is organized into chapters for easy reference about compost tea: mechanisms of impact, effects on diseases, ingredients, brewing techniques, brewers, and applications. This is the only reference guide (part of a series) on the market written by PhDs about how to add beneficial biology into plant growing systems. Dr. Elaine Ingham is the expert in this field throughout the world with microbiological laboratories in eight different countries. She has been the world-leader in the Compost Tea Industry for over 25 years. Since there are no textbooks written on this subject, this guide is the only reference the industry has available. Retail Price $30.95, ISBN-10: 0979756111, ISBN-13: 978-0979756115
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The Field Guide II For Actively Aerated Compost Tea by Elaine Ingham, Ph.D. and compiled by Carole Ann Rollins, Ph.D. The Field Guide II for Actively Aerated Compost Tea is written by Dr. Elaine Ingham and compiled and edited by Dr. Carole Ann Rollins. It is a reference book for truly dedicated growers questing for scientific knowledge and answers to questions about organic growing, the interface between synthetic and organic growing materials, and parameters to follow when using compost tea in either system. The Field Guide II is a 312 page compilation of email answers from Dr. Elaine Ingham, 2004 to 2005, about current research on Actively Aerated Compost Tea in field applications. Chapters include: (1) Introduction, (2) Mechanisms of Impact from AACT Applications, (3) Effects on Diseases and Pests, (4) Applications for Actively Aerated Compost Tea, (5) Applications Rates for Actively Aerated Compost Tea, (6) Spray equipment, (7) Brewing Techniques, (8) Ingredients for Actively Aerated Compost Tea, (9) Commercial Brewers, (10) Compost and Worm Castings, (11) Testing and Field Trials, (12) Sample Templates for Replicated Trials, (13) Dr. Ingham's Profile, (14) References. Retail Price $42.95. ISBN-10: 0979756122, ISBN-13: 978-097056122.
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The Soil Biology Primer, Authors: Dr. Elaine Ingham, Andrew R. Moldenke, and Clive A. Edwards. For farmers, ranchers, AG professionals, resource specialists, conservationists, soil scientists, students and educators. The Soil Biology Primer is an introduction to the living component of soil and how it contributes to agricultural productivity, and air and water quality. The Primer includes units describing the soil food web and its relationship to soil health, and units about bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and earthworms. Retail Price $24.95
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Compost Tea Quality: Light Microscope Methods by Elaine Ingham, Ph.D. The Book was designed with the idea of helping people with examples of the organisms they will see in a microscope so they can look and compare. The book helps viewers assess density of the organisms without actually having to count them, or allowing comparison of fungal diameters to help make the decision about "more likely beneficial" or not. The book lets you know what bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes look like using the simplest microscope system you are likely to be able to afford. Remember that you can look at any material -- from your yoghurt, to soft drinks, to lettuce leaves, or cow manure. What is in your compost? Your soil? Your compost tea? Your mulch? Is the life your plants need there, or not? With this book you will learn a standard way to ensure that you are getting numbers of bacteria in the right ballpark range -- that you are getting the correct diameter for the fungi you are looking at, and thus are able to determine whether these are beneficial fungi. Is this a flagellate, amoeba, or ciliate? This book helps you understand what you are seeing through the microscope. For those who want to know what their plants will be able to grow without needing pesticides, inorganic fertilizers, or tillage, this book is a must. If maximum diversity of beneficial bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes is added, then the plant gains a large component of helper, disease-protecting, water-retaining, nutrient cycling organisms. Additionally, enhanced soil structure, water retention, disease suppression, and nutrient cycling will develop and improve in a short period of time. The difference between never tested "snake- oil" products and products that do the job is really pretty simple. By buying this book, you are probably embarking on the process of learning this for yourself, so you can check-up on the claims made by products. Retail Price $34.95. ISBN-13 978-9797561-7-7, ISBN-10: 0-9797561-7-0.
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The Microbe Manual: Qualitative Assessment of Microorganisms by Elaine Ingham, Ph.D. and Carole Ann Rollins, Ph.D. A 31 page microbe manual accompanies the poster with extremely detailed and scientific explanations of each photo on the poster, with arrows and letter labels to help clarify what you see in each photo and your microscope. This is the only reference guide on the market written by PhD's about how to add beneficial biology into plant growing systems. Dr. Elaine Ingham is the expert in this field through the world with micro biological laboratories in eight different countries she has been the world leader in the compost tea industry for over 25 years. Since there are no textbooks written on the subject this guide is the only reference the industry has available. Retail Price $30.95, ISBN-10: 0979756154, ISBN-13: 978-0979756153
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The Microbe Poster: Microorganisms Found in Soil, Compost, Castings, and Compost Tea by Elaine Ingham, Ph.D. and Carole Ann Rollins, Ph.D. This poster was designed with the idea of helping people with examples of the organisms they will see in a microscope so they can look and compare. There are several montage groups in the poster to help viewers assess density of the organisms without actually having to count them, or allowing comparison of fungal diameters to help make the decision about "more likely beneficial" or not. The poster lets you know what bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes look like using the simplest microscope system you are likely to be able to afford. Remember that you can look at any material -- from your yoghurt, to soft drinks, to lettuce leaves, or cow manure. What is in your compost? Your soil? Your compost tea? Your mulch? Is the life your plants need there, or not? With this poster you have a standard way to ensure that you are getting numbers of bacteria in the right ballpark range -- that you are getting the correct diameter for the fungi you are looking at, and thus are able to determine whether these are beneficial fungi. Is this a flagellate, amoeba, or ciliate? This poster, along with the accompanying Microbe Manual (sold separately), helps you understand what you are seeing through the microscope. For those who want to know what their plants will be able to grow without needing pesticides, inorganic fertilizers, or tillage, this poster is a must. If maximum diversity of beneficial bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes is added, then the plant gains a large component of helper, disease-protecting, water-retaining, nutrient cycling organisms. Additionally, enhanced soil structure, water retention, disease suppression, and nutrient cycling will develop and improve in a short period of time. The difference between never tested "snake-oil" products and products that do the job is really pretty simple. By buying this poster (and manual), you are probably embarking on the process of learning this for yourself, so you can check-up on the claims made by products. Retail Price $30.95, ISBN: 0979756197
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Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis. Healthy soil is teeming with life -- not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and thus become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of artificial substances, many of them toxic to humans as well as other forms of life. But there is an alternative to this vicious circle: to garden in a way that strengthens, rather than destroys, the soil food web -- the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms whose interactions create a nurturing environment for plants. By eschewing jargon and overly technical language, the authors make the benefits of cultivating the soil food web available to a wide audience, from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants without resorting to chemicals. Retail Price $14.97, ISBN-13:978-0-88192-777-1

Teaming With Nutrients: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition by Jeff Lowenfels. Just as he demystified the soil food web in his ground-breaking book Teaming with Microbes, in this new work Jeff Lowenfels explains the basics of plant nutrition from an organic gardener's perspective. Where Teaming with Microbes adeptly used microbiology; Teaming with Nutrients employs cellular biology. Most gardeners realize that plants need to be fed but know little or nothing about the nature of the nutrients involved or how they get into plants. Teaming with Nutrients explains how nutrients move into plants and what both macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients do once inside. It shows organic gardeners how to provide these essentials. To fully understand how plants eat, Lowenfels uses his ability to make science accessible with lessons in the biology, chemistry, and botany all gardeners need to understand how nutrients get to the plant and what they do once they're inside the plant. Teaming with Nutrients will open your eyes to the importance of understanding the role of nutrients in healthy, productive organic gardens and it will show you how these nutrients do their jobs. In short, it will make you a better informed, more successful and more environmentally responsible gardener. Retail Price $18.34, ISBN: 978-1-60469-314-0

Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System by Mary Appelhof and Mary Frances Fenton. A new edition of the definitive guide to vermicomposting--a process using redworms to recycle human food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. Author Mary Appelhof provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems. Internationally recognized as an authority on vermicomposting, Appelhof has worked with worms for over three decades. Topics include: bin types, worm species, reproduction, care and feeding of worms, harvesting, and how to make the finished product of potting soil. Retail Price $7.51, ISBN-10: 0977804518, ISBN-13: 978-097780451

The Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Roots of Life and Health by David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle'. "A must-read for avid gardeners, those interested in bolstering our precarious food supply, or anyone remotely concerned about their health and the soil under their feet." (Kirkus Reviews) Set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. Good Health- for people and plants-depends on Earth's smallest creatures. From garden to gut, The Hidden Half of Nature tells an inspiring story about the least-loved part of nature-microbes. Montgomery and Bikle' weave a narrative from history, science, and personal experience that reveals how to transform agriculture and medicine. The key? It's time to safeguard and cultivate microbial allies beneath our feet and in our bodies-through merging the mind of an ecologist with the care of a gardener and the skill of a doctor. Retail Price $17.85, ISBN-13: 9780393244403


Dr. Ingham's books are available at www.lifeinthesoilclasses.com, www.gardeningwithnature.net and www.environmentcelebration.com. Dr. Ingham's books and the books by other authors are available at Amazon.com

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