More on Soil
Cornell University has compiled this Soil and Composting Factsheets Web page with links to information on various aspects of soils, including fertilizing, home composting, using organic matter in the garden, nutrient values of organic materials, improving soil with cover crops, dealing with soil compaction, and mulches for landscaping.
Secrets to Great Soil
Elizabeth P. Stell presents information about soil and how to help it grow a great garden in Secrets to Great Soil: A Grower's Guide to Composting, Mulching, and Creating Healthy, Fertile Soil for Your Garden and Lawn (Storey Books, 1998; $19.95). Starting with an analysis of soil (how it was formed, its different textures, its structure, and the importance of drainage and earthworms), Stell explains how to create fertile soil with the help of nutrients and organic matter. She also discusses hand and power tools; ways to customize your soil for different plants; making compost; choosing and applying fertilizers; using mulches, amendments, and green manures; dealing with problem soils; and recognizing nutrient deficiencies.