‘Teaming With Microbes’ podcast: How to ensure your soil is getting adequate soil nutrients

Also: Jeff and Jonathan answer questions from listeners.

Welcome to a weekly podcast with longtime Anchorage Daily News garden writer and author Jeff Lowenfels, and co-hosted by Jonathan White. Think of it as a companion to Jeff’s weekly columns and his popular series of books. Every week, Jeff and Jonathan dive deep into organic gardening and the soil food web, breaking down science, providing expert gardening advice and busting some long-held myths about how to help your garden grow.


In this episode, Jeff and Jonathan delve into plant nutrition, focusing on the essential elements nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium -- their functions, the consequences of their absence and how gardeners can ensure their soil has an adequate supply for the benefit of microbial life. They also discuss potential issues with using chemical fertilizers instead of organic alternatives. Finally, they answer questions from listeners! Have a question? Let them know at teamingwithmicrobes@me.com

Jeff Lowenfels, Jonathan White, Teaming With Microbes, podcast

Hosts: Jeff Lowenfels and Jonathan White. Produced by Evan Phillips.

This podcast is a collaboration between the hosts and Anchorage Daily News.

Feedback: teamingwithmicrobes@me.com

Sponsored by Number 2 OrganicsBig Foot Microbes, and Down to Earth Fertilizers

Read Lowenfels’ weekly columns on gardening and growing at ADN.com.

Read his books: “Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web,” “Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition,” “Teaming with Fungi: The Organic Grower’s Guide to Mycorrhizae,” among others.

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Jeff Lowenfels

Jeff Lowenfels has written a weekly gardening column for the ADN for more than 45 years. His columns won the 2022 gold medal at the Garden Communicators International conference. He is the author of a series of books on organic gardening available at Amazon and elsewhere. He co-hosts the "Teaming With Microbes" podcast.

Jonathan White

Jonathan White is the co-host, with Jeff Lowenfels, of the "Teaming with Microbes" podcast. He's an Anchorage small business owner, gardener and former journalist.