Book Giveaway: The Dirt Cure


The Bastyr University Bookstore has offered up this ground-breaking book for one of our  subscribers !

The Dirt Cure by Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD

A traditionally trained pediatric neurologist and a parent herself, Dr. Maya encountered the limits of conventional medicine when her son suffered a severe episode of asthma on his first birthday and began a backward slide in his development. Treatments failed to reverse his condition, so Dr. Maya embarked on a scientific investigation, discovering that food was at the root of her son’s illness, affecting his digestive system, immune system, and brain. The solution was shockingly simple: Heal the food, heal the gut, heal the brain…and heal the child.

Get your hands in the dirt by winning this marvelous break-through book. Here’s how:

1. Be a subscriber of Cookus Interruptus Not a subscriber yet? Type your email address in the subscribe box right up there on the upper right corner of the whole website.  I check and reject any winner that’s not one of our subscribers.

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3.  Do you grow a garden? Or herbs in pots? What’s your favorite soil amendment? I would have to say my plants really perk up with some liquid fish meal. Also, I talk to them. Tell them how pretty they are. They REALLY like that : Okay.  YOUR TURN.   Type your answer as a comment to this post.

4. Contest ends at 5 pm on April 23 . PLEASE check your email on April 24th. The junk mail folder and everything.  We’ve been having some trouble with lost emails to winners. The winners will be chosen by If you don’t respond to your “winner” email within 48 hours, we will choose a new winner (tough love…).


44 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: The Dirt Cure

  1. I have tried a vegetable garden in the past but have not been very good with keeping up with it. I’d like to try an herb garden sometime. I use compost for ornamentals we’ve planted around the house and have used clay kitty litter before as was recommended when we planted bamboo.

  2. I grow vegetables every year with some success, but I have been watching my neighbors garden and her plants are three times as large and full as mine. I’m going to find out where she gets her compost.

  3. I look forward to reading this book because I agree….heal the food etc. We eat organic but do not grow our own food. House plants just survive…or not. I need to learn more about gardening.

  4. The critters in my woods eat everything but herbs! I’m consistent about watering…I’m going to try espoma plant-tone this year.

  5. I miss my garden and having pots of herbs doesn’t quite fill the longing to have my hands in dirt. 🙁 However, there is a P-Patch near my apartment that I can wander around in and inhale the scent of growing things. 🙂
    When I was gardening, my favorite soil amendment was well-aged compost with lots of red wigglers in it. <3

  6. We have a couple box gardens and we include herbs in our berm in the front yard (parsley, sage, chives, thyme and oregano with all the perennial flowers).

    We just added a bunch of compost from our landfill – where local food waste is composted along with animal waste. We’ll see how it goes this year. It sure looks dark and rich.

    My husband is a soil scientist – I think this book would interest both of us. I’ve been a subscriber for a while and we have a well loved copy of your book. Thanks!

  7. I have never been very good at maintaining a garden. We currently live in Hawaii and my mom (who lives with us) has struggled with the soil here, but my daughter (5 years old) has a grape tomato plant that is very prolific! She goes out and sings, dances while she waters it, and talks to it. So maybe that helps. 🙂

  8. I love to grow anything and everything. I have an edible garden in both my front and back yards. The neighborhood kids come and help me tend the front garden during summer. I think the extra attention my plants get from the kiddos during summer helps them thrive. I also like to use my chicken bedding, and coffee grounds to help my plants. The chickens also help with pest management by eating all the bad bugs! 🙂

  9. My garden thrives the absolute best using well composted chicken manure added in just before planting. Also, we add manure to our rain barrel and water the plants with manure tea throughout the season. My greenhouse plants love the tea!

  10. I grind up my eggshells in the food processor and save them all year and add them to the dirt under my tomatoes.

  11. I keep an herb garden hidden in the daylily bed. I have volunteer cilantro every year. Also oregano, chives, mint, lemon grass, dill. If I see something new I ‘ll buy it. I keep bricks on hand to keep things separated.

  12. We don’t have a garden right now. We just moved and plan to put in a garden. We do have some rosemary in our yard! My daughter had to identify plants in our yard for a school project, so now we know we have one herb out there. I plan to start composting and using rabbit droppings in our garden. I am told rabbit droppings are the best fertilizer. Who knew?! It’s a good thing we have 2 of them as pets.

  13. We have a small garden box where we grow basil, strawberries and peppers. The kids love the strawberries! They’ve also enjoyed growing peas, carrots, and artichokes. A favorite was when we released ladybugs into the garden!

  14. Hi C.I.! Compost of course! But for the past couple of years I have added in algae and the plants love this stuff! Just a sprinkle every month during the growing season on each plant…

    But this year I am adding singing…

  15. Fish fertilizer helps my vegetables a lot. I just read something about using Epsom salts to add magnesium to soil–maybe I’ll give it a try this summer!

  16. I use fish emulsion and build my own compost to amend my soil and apply as a mulch t o feed my plants… And chicken poop, lots of chicken composted manure!

  17. If you can garden in Texas, you really are a gardener! We have only a thin layer of soil before hitting solid rock, so must amend with any soil builders. Organic compost and well-rotted horse or cow manure are great starts.

  18. I have a veggie garden, plus fruit trees, rhubarb, raspberries, blueberries, elderberries, and huckleberries. With five kids growing high quality food is a must! I mix my own fertilizer (thank you Steve Solomon) that has really boosted my crops. I also love Blue Gold liquid concentrate for my roses- they finally don’t have fungal issues despite all our rain!

  19. We have veggies and fruit! I love Blue Gold liquid concentrate minerals for my roses. It eliminated all my fungal issues!

  20. I am starting my first garden this year! I have done a few pots in the past but I now have space in my yard for a real garden! Planning for beets, carrots, snap peas, green beans, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, kale, green onion, strawberries….we will see how it goes! I’m loving all the suggestions posted!

  21. We have started gardening in Southern California and I love to amend my garden soil with left over tea leafs from Seattle. I also put coffee grinds on the outside of our garden patch to discourage any critters that might want to nibble. Another great addition to the soil is baking soda. In my experience the veggies love it!

  22. We compost kitchen scraps and most yard vegetation (without roots). I like well-composted chicken manure (free-range) and like to add some small amount of organic fertilizer just to enrich the soil a bit more, kind of like taking my vitamins.

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