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Welcome to permies Jon! I hope you have lots of fun here with us like-minded and like-hearted folk. I have much to learn yet about growing my own soil. My "Clear-cut garden" is in zone 10+ so I need to grow it in place because access is a 5 min forest trail walk only. No road access.
Hey Jon … Welcome to the neighborhood. Me too, This is my first post.
Got a soil question for you. A lot of folks use newspaper and cardboard for mulching. Also, I’m in the worm composting world, where many people use paper products for bedding material. I’m of a mind that the inks and compounds in paper products can be toxic, and that toxicity can bioaccumulate in the soil and uptake into plants, and us, via our contact with the soil. I don’t buy the the argument that soy-based inks eliminate that risk because that’s just soy “based”. That doesn’t factor the chems used to control drying time and flow rate, or the dyes in coloured inks. Last time I checked, the industry requirement to be labeled soy-based required a minimum of 20% soy. The remaining 80% could be the cheaper petroleum base if desired.
Where are you with all that? Do you know of any research that assesses soil chemistry of various mulching or bedding substances that includes paper products? I’d love to be wrong because there’s so much readily available paper out there - although, I would still prefer that paper be recycled on behalf of trees.
Happy to hear your thoughts.
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I went digging through the soil and found 4 winners!
D. Sue Dunn
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Huge thanks to Jon Stika for joining us this week and answering so many questions and taking part in discussions! For those of you who didn't win, have no worries, you can buy his book with this handy link !
The question regarding ink in paper is a very good one. I do not know of any research that has been done on issues of toxicity from ink when using paper for mulching. Sounds like a good thesis for an organic agriculture major!
Most ink in newsprint is soy based. I'm not sure about the other ones, particularly colour stuff. Might be icky.
Hi John Sitka! I won a copy of your book ! Super looking forward to it. I'm a bit of a book nerd, and a soil freak... so it's kinda fitting.
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