Eric’s book is both systemic and timely, as evidence of the loss of soil fertility is building
and our appreciation of the systemic nature of global ecosystems has never been more
apparent as a source of future sustainability. His approach demonstrates that there are
many elements affecting soil health and fertility, from insect pests and predators, to the
range of nutrients found in the soil and all plants – including the so-called weeds! Other
books on plant and vegetable growing skip over the ways in which these latter plants can
be harnessed, through a variety of compost teas, to improve the life-giving quality of soil.
This book should be an important addition to every gardener’s working collection.

Dr Wendy Gregory, chair of a community garden supplying organically grown fruit and vegetables to charities serving Kingston-upon-Hull