The Secret is in the Soil: A Beginner’s Guide to Natural Gardening by Flor Gozon Tarriela, Gidget Roceles Jimenez , Liza Flores
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Overview: In this book, environmentalist and Philippine National Bank Chairman Flor Gozon Tarriela and children’s book author Gidget Roceles Jimenez extol the virtues of natural or organic gardening. Together with designer and illustrator Liza Flores, they go into detailed yet easy-to-understand explanations of the different processes of organic gardening, aimed specifically at younger readers and those who have no experience with planting. Using comprehensive, illustrated instructions, the trio will teach you how to maintain a garden the natural way-using no artificial fertilizers or aids-and show you that growing your own garden is not only a fun, healthy, and worthwhile activity, but through it, you can also recycle your garbage and save on groceries by growing your own lunch!
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Secrets to Great Soil: A Grower’s Guide to Composting, Mulching, and Creating Healthy, Fertile Soil for Your Garden and Lawn by Elizabeth P. Stell
Requirements: .PDF reader, 35.3 mb
Overview: Good soil leads to thriving gardens, and it’s easy to create! Elizabeth Snell shows you how to properly use composted plant materials and animal manure to make soil that is perfectly suited to your growing goals. She provides all the information you need to give your garden a healthy foundation of rich, nutrient-filled soil that will ensure bountiful harvests and beautiful plants.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Earth Reinforcement and Soil Structures (pupil paperbacks)
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Of Sand or Soil: Genealogy and Tribal Belonging in Saudi Arabia (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics) by Nadav Samin
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Overview: Why do tribal genealogies matter in modern-day Saudi Arabia? What compels the strivers and climbers of the new Saudi Arabia to want to prove their authentic descent from one or another prestigious Arabian tribe? Of Sand or Soil looks at how genealogy and tribal belonging have informed the lives of past and present inhabitants of Saudi Arabia and how the Saudi government’s tacit glorification of tribal origins has shaped the powerful development of the kingdom’s genealogical culture.
Nadav Samin presents the first extended biographical exploration of the major twentieth-century Saudi scholar Ḥamad al-Jāsir, whose genealogical studies frame the story about belonging and identity in the modern kingdom. Samin examines the interplay between al-Jāsir’s genealogical project and his many hundreds of petitioners, mostly Saudis of nontribal or lower status origin who sought validation of their tribal roots in his genealogical texts. Investigating the Saudi relationship to this opaque, orally inscribed historical tradition, Samin considers the consequences of modern Saudi genealogical politics and how the most intimate anxieties of nontribal Saudis today are amplified by the governing strategies and kinship ideology of the Saudi state.
Challenging the impression that Saudi culture is determined by puritanical religiosity or rentier economic principles, Of Sand or Soil shows how the exploration and establishment of tribal genealogies have become influential phenomena in contemporary Saudi society. Beyond Saudi Arabia, this book casts important new light on the interplay between kinship ideas, oral narrative, and state formation in rapidly changing societies.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational › Middle East
The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristin Ohlson
Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 2.63 MB
Overview: Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices-and, especially, modern industrial agriculture-have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world’s soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet. In The Soil Will Save Us, journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"-a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon-and potentially reverse global warming.
As the granddaughter of farmers and the daughter of avid gardeners, Ohlson has long had an appreciation for the soil. A chance conversation with a local chef led her to the crossroads of science, farming, food, and environmentalism and the discovery of the only significant way to remove carbon dioxide from the air-an ecological approach that tends not only to plants and animals but also to the vast population of underground microorganisms that fix carbon in the soil. Ohlson introduces the visionaries-scientists, farmers, ranchers, and landscapers-who are figuring out in the lab and on the ground how to build healthy soil, which solves myriad problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Her discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Conservation
Blood and Soil: Richard Walther Darré and Hitler’s ‘Green Party’ by Anna Bramwell
Requirements: .PDF reader, 3.09 MB
Overview: Published in 1985, this book is a political biography of Walther Darré, Minister of Agriculture under the Nazis from 1933 to 1942, and populariser of the slogan ‘Blood and Soil’. Darré headed a group of agrarian radicals who, among other issues, were concerned with what we now call ecological problems.
A study of the membership rolls of several mainstream Weimar era Naturschutz (Nature protection) organizations revealed that by 1939, fully 60 percent of these conservationists had joined the NSDAP (compared to about 10 percent of adult men and 25 percent of teachers and lawyers). Clearly the affinities between environmentalism and National Socialism ran deep.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History