Natural Farming: A Practical Guide (Paperback)

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Natural Farming: A Practical Guide (Paperback)


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Natural Farming carries a simple but widely overlooked message: healthy soil makes healthy plants, which in turn make healthy animals and healthy people. The book explores the consequences in the soil of applications of superphosphate and other artificial fertilizers over decades, and explains soil chemistry in terms that every farmer can understand. It describes the exact role of each mineral and vitamin, both in the soil and in the body. And it explains how to prevent expensive disease outbreaks and minimize the use of costly artificial sprays and fertilizers.

The prescriptions are simple and can be applied to any farming enterprise market gardens, orchards, broadacre crops and pasture to restore the natural balance and fertility of the land, improve soil health, and increase productivity. The book is enlivened with accounts of spectacular successes in regenerating degraded land and curing animals that, in many cases, had been given up for dead.

Natural Farming is an essential handbook for any farmer, with detailed information on:

  • understanding a soil analysis
  • establishment and management of pasture
  • treatment of compacted soil and erosion
  • alternatives to artificial fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides
  • the significance of weeds
  • strategies for drought
  • diagnosis of diseases and deficiencies in stock
  • remedies for common diseases, including Johne's disease and immune-system disorders
  • rearing orphan animals.

Natural Farming equips the farmer to get the best from the land using environmentally sustainable methods that save time, expense, and worry--and to supply the rising global demand for pure food.

Pat Coleby is Australia's foremost authority on farming without chemicals, and has written, published, and lectured widely on the subject. This, her most comprehensive work, draws on her fifty years of experience and her broad studies to explain the basis of natural farming.
Product Details ISBN: 9781920769192
ISBN-10: 1920769196
Publisher: Scribe Us
Publication Date: July 1st, 2004
Pages: 272
Language: English