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Episode 50 Jeff Lowenfels is back! We talk on a variety of subjects including his new book on auto flowers

Jeff is the co-author of "Teaming with Microbes, The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web" published by Timber Press in August 2006 to great acclaim and revised in 2011. It is touted as the most important gardening book published in the past 25 years and won the prestigious Garden Writers of America Gold Award for gardening books. It has been translated into Korean and French and soon Slovenian.

Jeff is also the author of "Teaming with Nutrients, The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition" published by Timber Press in May, 2013. The short hand title is "how plants eat and what to feed them" and it is sure to make you appreciate the beauty of how plants operate as well as make you a better gardener and steward of the earth.

His latest book, Teaming with Fungi, was just released at the end of 2016 and is all about mycorrhizal fungi.

Jeff is an extremely respected and popular national garden writer. He is the former president of the Garden Writers of America, was made a GWA Fellow in 1999 and was inducted into the GWA Hall of Fame, the highest honor a garden writer can achieve, in 2005.

Most important, Jeff is the founder of a now national program that started as "Plant a Row for Bean's," the soup kitchen in Anchorage, and is now "Plant A Row for The Hungry." The program is active in 48 states and resulted in over a million pounds of produce being donated to feed the hungry every year.

Jeff's new book on auto flowers is coming out this December and you can pre-order it on

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