Soil Minerals and Soil Testing for Organic Gardeners

Discover the Secrets of Soil Mineral Balance!

Discover the Secrets of Soil Mineral Balance
and Create Your Own Ideal Soil!

New Expanded Edition v1.3 released May 2010

The secrets of soil mineral balance that create ideal soil, plant, and animal health are revealed here for the first time.  The amazing results that can be achieved by balancing the major cation minerals Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium in the soil according to the teachings of Dr William Albrecht and Dr Carey Reams have changed the world of agriculture.  This knowledge has taken the focus away from merely trying to achieve high volume yields to achieving the highest yields of the highest quality and nutritional value, while building optimal health in the soil, the crops, and the people and animals that rely on them for food.

Cover Photo There are no more depleted soils once you discover these secrets; the soil just keeps getting better and better year after year, and all without the use of any sort of toxic rescue chemistry.  As Dr Albrecht was known to say, "Well fed is healthy."  A well-fed soil leads to well-fed crops and well-fed people and animals.

Professional agronomists charge hundreds or thousands of dollars to consult with you and apply their specialized knowledge of soil nutrients and  minerals in order to achieve the perfect balance in your soil.  Though we feel they are well worth what they charge, some of us would prefer to have the knowledge and be able to do that for ourselves and others.  There are also many home gardeners and small farmers who simply don't have the financial resources to afford the expense of a professional soil consultant.  The lack of knowledge or money need no longer keep any grower from having the ideal soil.  For only $29.95, about the cost of a single laboratory soil test, this new one of a kind book teaches you everything you need to know to perfectly balance all of the major and minor mineral nutrients in any soil!

Is this difficult to do?

Not at all. The only reason more people have not balanced the minerals in their own soil is because this information has never before been made available to the public.  Understandably, trade secrets are just that, secret.  With the publication of this book, they are secret no longer.

If you can add, subtract, multiply and divide, (or use a calculator) and you know or are willing to learn some very simple and basic chemistry, you will have no problem learning to balance all of the essential minerals in your own soil.  All you need are the results of a standard soil test,  a pencil and paper or a calculator, and the easy to understand information in The Ideal Soil.  That's all.  You can write the perfect mineral prescription for your soil the first day you own the book.  All of the information you need is right there, including

*Full instructions on how to read a soil test and understand everything it is telling you

*Easily understandable examples of the simple calculations needed,

*Full explanations of why you are doing what you are doing,

*The Ideal Soil Chart that shows you exactly what you want to end up with, and

*Tables that list the mineral content of every commonly used USDA Organic approved soil mineral amendment and fertilizer ingredient.

Every thing you need to know to write the perfect soil mineral prescription for your soil (or any soil anywhere) is included in The Ideal Soil.

Are there other books like this out there?

There are not.  While there are hundreds and hundreds of books about both organic and chemical-based agriculture, and even a dozen or so about sustainable Eco-Agriculture, The Ideal Soil is the first and only book that actually tells the reader what the perfect balance of minerals in the soil is, and the only book that shows exactly how to calculate the perfect mineral balance for the soil you are working with.  It is also the only book that we know of that gives the reader a chart listing the mineral content of every commonly available USDA Organic Approved mineral amendment and fertilizer ingredient.  One could purchase every other agriculture and gardening book in existence and not come up with this information.  The simple fact is, no one else has ever before written a book like The Ideal Soil.

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What about landscaping, lawns, golf courses, and parks? 
Will The Ideal Soil help grow stronger, healthier landscape plants?

The Albrecht/Reams cation balancing principles work anywhere in any soil or climate for any type of plant.  The Ideal Soil Chart shows the ideal ratios and proportions of all of the important mineral nutrients to each other, but in most cases, these are not exact ratios, but a range of acceptable proportions.  Any balance of minerals within that range will give excellent results.  The Ideal Soil is not just a one-size-fits-all recipe book; it gives you the knowledge you need to adjust the mineral balance to allow for the preferences of plants that are naturally adapted to certain soils and environments.

Different soil types, from adobe clay to sand to mucky peat will all need a slightly different cation mineral balance in order to perform best; this subject too is covered in The Ideal Soil.

You can create the perfectly balanced soil for any type of landscape or environment.   The plants will need less water during dry spells and will have few or no problems with disease or insect attack.  A perfectly healthy plant has a strong immune system and is highly stress resistant.

A unique opportunity for a new recession-proof career?

Once your friends and neighbors see your results, the quality and appearance of the plants and crops, the health of the land, and the nutritional value of the food grown using the Albrecht/Reams principles they will naturally want to achieve the same quality for their own farms and gardens.  Every community on the planet needs someone who knows how to balance the soil for perfect health. Every community on Earth needs a soil physician as much or more than it needs a medical physician or a veterinarian.  When people and animals experience perfect nutrition, perfect health follows naturally.

Yet, simple as it may be, not every grower or gardener is going to be willing to learn to read a soil test and write a soil mineral prescription.

Your willingness to learn and apply the knowledge in The Ideal Soil can soon make you the local soil health expert, and should you wish, open up a whole new career as a professional soil consultant.  As a matter of fact, the worse an economy gets and the fewer jobs there are, the more people want to and need to grow their own healthy food.  Those who know how to grow nutritionally superior food, solve problems, and greatly enhance the health of their community are respected and will always be in demand.

Are these mineral balancing principles compatible with USDA regulations for Certified Organic Growers? 

Every principle and idea in The Ideal Soil is designed for and compatible with Certified Organic crop production.  Healthy, sustainable farms and gardens in harmony with Nature are the future of agriculture everywhere.  The Ideal Soil calls for no dangerous or toxic chemicals, and the mineral amendments and fertilizer ingredients suggested and listed in the book are allowed for Certified Organic use under the USDA National Organic Program Final Rule.

Can I use The Ideal Soil to balance the minerals for my pasture or orchard?

Yes you can.  These principles work and work well for any type of crop anywhere (even including commercial tree farms).

How about updates?  Will the book change?

The basic principles of cation mineral balance will not change, nor will the ratios and proportions of one mineral to another as shown in The Idea Soil Chart.  We do anticipate that a few minor changes and additions will be made during 2009 to make the book better based on the feedback we get about this first edition of December 2008.  Everyone who purchases the first edition will also receive the updated and revised second edition absolutely free in their email as soon as the second edition is published.


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 "...brilliant, profound, has cut a clean path through the jungle of misunderstanding and misinformation that surrounds the growing of food."  Gary Kline, Black Lake Organic, Washington USA

"Seems you have  refined Albrecht's best guess".
Steve Solomon, Tasmania
author "Gardening When it Counts".

"From the day I got it bound til now, it has been open on my desk right next to me, I've carted it off to work to reread at lunch. I've handled it so much that I have to take it back to the print shopto get new covers. They both fell off."
Frank E., Arkansas, USA

" I just received your handbook last night and I am really enjoying itI feel like I am discovered an amazing new knowledge that I cannot believe I and my fellow farmers have not been aware of."
Robert deLeuze ZD Wines, LLC

"Great book.  I really appreciated the clear concise format, the everything affects everything else logic "
Greg M., Tucson AZ, USA

"I've enjoyed reading this material. I've read many other books about soil properties, but this book took care of most of my questions."
Dave Hansen, Grass fed beef rancher, Nebraska USA

"Thank you and God bless you.  You have written a great book."
Dave Rogers, High Brix Market Gardener

"This is the most concise, well written, and understandable explanation of soil analysis and soil minerals that I have ever seen. It makes the subject simple and gives people the confidence that they can do this themselves.  If I had the money, every library in the county would have a copy.  People need to read this book!" 
Heidi U., Olympia, Washington USA

"This is an excellent resource. I highly recommend it. I just got it yesterday and was up late into the evening reading it and read it while commuting to work today (dangerous, I know). It is excellent, I can't get enough of this book."
Mike C, Oregon USA

"I'm only on page 26, first time through (I'm sure I'll read it several times), but I just had to write and tell you how thrilled I am with it. Even at this early stage I can see that it is going to provide the knowledge I need to build my soil to world class."
A.M.,  Indiana USA

"It seems to be just what I needed to make sense of Soil Analyses for my kiwifruit orchard. I read it from start to finish this afternoon. Thank you."
A.L., New Zealand

"My compliments on the Ideal Soil book.  I read it more thoroughly and the layout of the soil test report combined with working through the calculations is very good.  I've amassed as much alternative soil fertility info as anybody and Ideal Soil will be one of my