Soil Science for Gardeners

Soil Science for Gardeners

Working with Nature to Build Soil Health

Robert Pavlis


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  • Author has been gardening for 40 years and owns a 6-acre botanical garden with over 3,000 varieties of plants
  • Author's blogs, Garden Myths and Garden Fundamentals , have a large following of 500,000 visitors
  • Author Youtube video series to augment the book and a promotional mini e-book
  • Well-known lecturer and speaker to Master Gardener groups, horticultural societies, orchid societies, and garden shows
  • He is the author of three previous garden books that have sold over 4,500 copies
  • The definite science-based guide to soil health for gardeners, market gardeners and small-scale farmers
  • Myth buster for your garden, author debunks commonly held misconceptions about gardening and soil health
  • Written in three sections – fundamental knowledge of soil processes, variety of soil problems, a personalized plan for improving the health of your soil
  • Differs from other gardening books because
    • it uses a science-based approach to explain the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of soil
    • it looks closely at the rhizosphere, a thin layer of liquid and soil that surrounds plant roots
    • it includes new topics and information on mycorrhizal fungi and soil microbes
    • it contains more extensive physical and chemical explanations
    • it has the most up-to-date information on soil health
  • Written in a problem-solving style that enables readers to assess and fix common soil issues
  • Endorsements: Guy Barter, Royal Horticulture Society; Lee Reich, author; Ken Druse, award-winning author; Mark Cullen, Canadian gardening celebrity; Joe Lamp'l, US gardening celebrity
  • Selected to be in the Mother Earth Wiser Living series
  • New Society Publishers are committed to the highest environmental practices in the industry, including: printing all their books in North America, on 100% post-consumer recycled FSC-certified paper, using vegetable-based, low-VOC inks; and offsetting their emissions to make all of their business operations carbon neutral and is proudly B Corp certified. Their books are so Green you could eat them!

Academic: Courses on soil, horticulture, landscape architecture, biology, ecology, and plant science

Canada: Speaker at Canada Blooms, FarmSmart; teaches gardening fundamentals at the University of Guelph and garden design for the City of Guelph; garden articles published in Ontario Gardening and horticultural society magazines, including a monthly column for Ontario Rock Garden Society.


Robert Pavlis:
Robert Pavlis is the owner and developer of Aspen Grove Gardens, a 6-acre botanical garden that features 3,000 varieties of plants. Specializing in soil science, he has been an instructor for Landscape Ontario and is a garden blogger, writer, and chemist. He resides in Guelph, Ontario.