5 thoughts on “Secrets of the Soil

  1. Extremely informative book. I think the 5 star is basically me going a bit too much ahead of myself. This book will deserve this rating when I can actually try some of this gardening stuff. But as a person who has been lately immersed in more spiritual practices, this book makes sense. I only hoped that it could point to some more failures at some of these homeopathic practices, because presenting 100% affirmative experiences on a subject considered controversial by most is not a good strategy.

  2. Okay. We have already established that Peter Tompkins is a kook. Like all great kooks and raving nutters, however, he makes some valid points. I think bio-dynamic gardening is great, and that is a major topic of this book. Also, no one else, at the time this was written, was raising the alarm about the erosion of topsoil and the horrible chemicals being used to sustain plant growth. History has vindicated Tompkins on his concern for the soil, and I highly applaud his efforts.

  3. Authors Tompkins and Bird, whose previous book, “The Secret Life of Plants” was a landmark documenting the emotional and psychic life of plants, returned with a potentially even more far-reaching book, “Secrets of the Soil.” Anyone who thinks dirt is anything less than the single greatest life-giving force on the planet should read this book. Anyone wanting a good understanding of the principles of biodynamic agriculture, or who thinks overpopulation is the biggest reason for starvation and maln

  4. Bad writing combined with stunningly bad ‘science.’ Just open it at random and try not to find fault with the very first sentence you read. Ready? Heeerre we go: “Agile as goats, they leap over boulders and icy streams, make holes in the ice in winter to plunge into glacier-fed streams, as swimmers second to none.” (This was about humans, mind you).
    Recommended for those who like crystals and eating special pricey dirt and dust.

  5. The most non-traditional book on soil that I have read yet.

    Fascinating how the authors can relate the energy vortex phenomena of Sedona (Arizona) to the swirling produced when A Very Special Compost is stirred into a barrel of rain water.

    Now if I can just get some fresh cow manure and a few cow horns, I will be on my way to much better soil.

    And I need to do a lot more reading on Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic agriculture.

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