I am frequently asked if I can recommend a book on Soils. And yes, I can. It is Soils: An Introduction by Michael Singer and Donald Munns. The sixth edition recently came out so there's a lot of older used copies floating around on the wed for under $10. This book takes a different tack on describing soils. Instead of tacking the tack of a chapter on Nitrogen another on Calcium etc., it weaves a story of how all the parts are related.
Gary Bender “was” a farm advisor in San Diego, who is still there but is now retired. He still knows his avocados and compiled his knowledge into a handbook that is online and available to all for immortality………….or as long as the internet survives. This concisely written text is full of practical information that even the most seasoned grower could probably learn from. And maybe those seasoned growers might have a lot to learn,
Find it at the UCCE San Diego website:
UCCE Farm Advisor Gary Bender finally has his 14 chapter book on avocado history, botany and cultural practices on the San Diego County web site. Check it out: