Super Nutrition Gardening
by William S. Peavy
Linda Spaulding, Reviewer
Most likely a person’s fancy turns to,
as in earth, soil, that is.
Mother Nature coaxes even the most timid to venture into the garden for a spring assessment. Even neighbors don’t complain when clanging metal shatters the morning stillness; implements are again polished and employed into action. As the shovel sinks into pliable, willing earth, visions appear of baskets brimming with fully ripened tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash … foods charged with life-giving power.
“PowerCharged food is food that contains the highest level of minerals and vitamins possible,” explains William S. Peavey, Ph.D. In Super Nutrition Gardening: How To Grow Your Own PowerCharged Foods, Dr. Peavy gives step-by-step guidance to growing your own power charged food. He explains the function along with the best garden sources of essential nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, trace minerals, and vitamins. Have you been seeking the Fountain of Youth? Look no farther. Just grab a handful of alfalfa sprouts, for therein lies the secret to health and beauty, declares Peavy.
Super Nutrition praises the health benefits of consuming live, concentrated enzymes contained in sprouted seeds.
Super Nutrition praises the health benefits of consuming live, concentrated enzymes contained in sprouted seeds. This chapter includes a “One-Minute Sprout Salad” that combines sprouts from alfalfa, lentils, mung beans, wheat berries, and sunflower seeds. In addition, the reader discovers tips and instructions for sprouting various seeds.
“One-Minute Sprout Salad” that combines sprouts from alfalfa, lentils, mung beans, wheat berries, and sunflower seeds
Chapter 4, “The Pesticide Menace,” enlightens readers on just how a pesticide is approved. According to the National Research Council, “Current regulations and standards do not assess or incorporate margins of safety reflecting the possibility of synergistic or additive effects.” Peavy, however, adds “Common-Sense Pest Control” to ensure the gardener has a healthy, chemical-free harvest. Following a program for “Charging the Soil” in Chapter 6, Super Nutrition lays out a planting plan that teaches the gardener what to plant, how much of each vegetable to plant, spacing,
varieties, and when to plant. “Mulch, Magic and Compost” is another very helpful chapter. Dr. Peavy’s simple, easy-to-follow illustrations for constructing a compost pile leave nothing to guesswork. He states what can and cannot be used safely as compost. Even if you’ve never grown a tomato or a houseplant, don’t worry. Five minutes a day and a taste for truly healthy and delicious fruits and vegetables is all it takes.
Super Nutrition Gardening will assist you in answering the call to get those fingers in the dirt again. Another delightful little book, Carrots Love Tomatoes, is all about companion planting. That is, planning your garden to take advantage of the vegetables and fruits that strike compatible relationships. It’s true! Fruits of the harvest have natural companions they prefer to be with – like beets with onions or corn with pumpkins. Further, author Louise Riotte explains that not all “protective” botanicals act quickly. For example, it may take marigolds over one full season before becoming an effective nematode control. She adds that a fruit orchard benefits from a late plowing under of nasturtiums. On the other hand, states the author, certain companion plants will diminish each other’s natural repelling ability as they grow together, adding that both root secretions and odor are important in repelling or attracting. Every experienced or novice gardener will appreciate Riotte’s alphabetical subject format. Containing hundreds of interesting facts that entertain and educate, this little book provides an excellent gardener’s reference. Check it out -before the first seed hits the dirt.