Paperback: 225 pages
Publisher: Metamorphic Press (August 24, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
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(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)Understanding Roots is a great book for the thinking gardener. What do I mean by that? Well, if you want your information spoonfed, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. But if you're willing to read critically, you'll find some gems in Kourik's newest book.Understanding Roots summarizes information from a wide variety of scientific sources, and the copious illustrations make the scientists' findings easy to read. But despite being written for a lay audience, the book itself reads a bit like a scientific paper in which the author is leery of making any assertions that can't be entirely backed up by the facts. Instead, the reader is be left to draw his own conclusions on topics like --- do dynamic accumulators really suck nutrients up from deep in the subsoil? how do different types of soil determine rooting habits of plants? etc.Many of the illustrations in Understanding Roots are from the same Dr. Weaver who drew the root maps in Kourik's earlier books. But this new text includes companion root drawings from other sources, notably some German maps. The addition is very handy since I think Dr. Weaver's prairie soils resulted in much deeper rooting than many of us are likely to see in our own garden, so this most recent book gives a more well-rounded look at roots.In the end, I highly recommend Understanding Roots for the intermediate gardener. The topic is integral to understanding how to keep your soil and plants happy. But it's a good book for a winter night when you can curl up in front of the wood stove and ponder rather than expecting to find information you can instantly utilize in your own garden.
If you want a very informative book then this is not for you. There are a few good tips, but this book is pretty much a compendium of drawn root structures. If you like to look at the curves and twists of trunks and branches then you might find the numerous sketches in this book attractive. I am very impressed with the images and the work that went into excavating the roots. See how the roots grow in different plants has given me many ideas on how to alter my ever expanding orchard.
(I received this book in exchange for an honest review)Robert Kourik has re-visted roots with his trademark humor, detail and curiosity. Delving into historical drawings, re-doing the chart on dynamic accumulators and pushing beyond the already extensive information contained within his previous Roots Demystified, Kourik has compiled a resource that will be definitive for many years to come. Unconfined, he roams through soil facts, planting techniques, scientific studies and folk wisdom to enlighten every gardener. Always ready to explore both sides of an argument, Kourik pulls our heads out of the clouds and reveals what is happening beneath our feet. Reviewed by Organic Gardening Techniques teacher, NYBG
Fantastic information and explanations. I am an avid gardener for decades. This book is captivating. I have always held soil in the highest regard. Now, I am super amazed by roots.So good, I gave it to a friend as a gift.
While this may not be a book for every gardener or a beginning gardener, it was EXACTLY what I was looking for. I think it is wonderful.
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