All Life Depends on Soil

All Life Depends on Soil

A Successful Gardener Must First Know the Nature of His Soil

This first mini book in the 30 Minutes to Health series covers topics like vertical integration, companionate gardening, naturally enhancing your growing area, small space gardening, and sources for learning the art of gardening, as well as covering such interesting topics as edible weeds, sprouting and foraging at the farmers markets.

About the Book

Soil is vital to the health of both people and the planet. Unfortunately, it is often the most overlooked of all agricultural inputs. The U.N. General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) to increase awareness and understanding of the many important roles of soil. The proverbial bottom line is the healthier the soil is, the healthier the plants will be.

This is why this is the first building block of my culmination cookbook: Medicinal Menus for Degenerative Diseases. Attention to these details in your own survival garden or a community project will insure you are enjoying the best of flavour, nutrition, higher levels of wellness and most likely preventing any of the DDs (Degenerative Diseases) from the SAD!

According to the Land Institute, soil is every bit as non-renewable as oil, and it is essential for human survival. Healthy soil is the foundation for food, fuel, fibre, and medical products, and is a vital part of ecosystems. It stores and filters water, provides resilience to drought, plays an important role in the carbon cycle, and is the foundation of agriculture and food production.

Table of Contents

  • Celebrating 2015: The International Year of Soils!
  • Regions and Seasons
  • Vertical Integration
  • Companionate Gardening
  • Herbs: Companions and Effects
  • Working with Edible Flowers
  • More Ideas for Special Effects
  • Edible flowers
  • Finding My Treen Thumb
  • Naturally Enhancing Your Growing Area
  • Knowing Your Soil
  • Learning Fast and Fresh
  • Small Space Gardening
  • Sources for Learning the Art of Gardening
  • Wild and Foraged Foods
  • Sprouts
  • Edible Weeds
  • Foraging at Farmer’s Markets

Recipes from Garden to Table

  • Magic Super Starter
  • Fast & Furious Fresh Smoothies
  • Fast & Furious Fruit Shake
  • Papaya Splash


  • Berry Yummy Muffins
  • Classic Omelette
  • Homemade Museli
  • Another Scratch-Made Muesli
  • Stuffed Banana Nut French Toast
  • Whole & Healthy Pancakes
  • Wilder Salsa Souffle (Ole)

Vegetable Trays to Displays

  • Magnificent Marinade
  • Memorable Marinade

Salsas • Sauces • Dressings • Dips • Spreads

  • Dried Cranberry Pesto
  • Jalapeno Avocado Mayonnaise
  • Compound Butters
  • Papaya Citrus Butter
  • Lemon Lime Herbal Mint Dressing
  • Ginger Citrus Honey Mint Dressing
  • Watercress Creamy Dreamy Dressing Sauce/Spread
  • Any Olive Cream Cheese


  • Spicy Sweet Tomato Sipping Soup
  • Super Quick Minestrone
  • Borscht
  • Seafood Bisque
  • Pride of Erin Soup


  • Christmas Eve Salad (Ensalada de Noche Buena)
  • Organic Garden Patch Green Salad
  • Tart and Creamy Berry Dressing
  • Wilder Weed Salad


  • Baramundi on Citrus Savoury Sago with Fruit Salsa
  • Fresh Four Fruit Salsa
  • Bite Back Shark Steak With Pommery Mustard Crust
  • Citrusy Savoury Sago
  • Parmesan Fillets with Bananas
  • Jalapeno Honey Tartar Sauce


  • 3-Fruit Cobbler
  • Coconut Ginger Cream Cubes
  • Creamy Quinoa Pudding!
  • Drunken Aussie Bread & Butter Pudding
  • Flaming Bananas Foster
  • Fruit Cream Parfait
  • Fusion Rice Pudding
  • Sauce Melba
  • Mango Aphrodisiac Passion Fruit Sauce
  • Chocolate Decadent Killer Liability Mousse
  • Raw Chocolate Mystery Mousse
About the Author
Susanne E. Wilder CFE

Susanne E. Wilder is a Certified Food Executive, Home Economist, and has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. She is an “enlightened” Cordon Bleu chef, who specializes in creating quick, super healthy, chef-worthy menus for good health. She has more than three decades of experience in the foodservice and consumer food sectors and has worked as an adventure travel food writer, culinary consultant and instructor, and she is the author of 18 cookbooks. She is also a Hatha Yoga instructor, and a roller-blading, biking, kayaking, and boogie boarding bon vivant!