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Please join me in welcoming Jon Stika, author of A Soil Owner's Manual




Read the book review here!

Jon Stika will be hanging out in the forums until January 10th answering questions and sharing his experiences with you all.

At the end of the week, we'll make a drawing for 4 lucky winners to win a copy of his book! From now until Friday, all new posts in the soil forum are eligible to win.

To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email.

The winners will be notified by Purple Moosage and must respond within 24 hours. Only the winners who respond within that timeframe will receive their book. Watch for a PM, and a notice in this thread announcing the winners!


Please remember that we favour perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Jon Stika's name to get his attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.


Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the book, but please say "Hi!" to Jon Stika and make him feel welcome!
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Welcome Jon Stika! I sooo... want to get the dirt on good soil.
 
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Welcome to Permies, Jon.

I learned a lot from your book, so it is exciting to have you on the Permies soil forum for the week : )

I started a thread a while ago about foxgloves, do you have any ideas on what they say about the soil? https://permies.com/t/128287/Permaculture-questions-foxglove-digitalis-foxgloves
 
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WELCOME!
 
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Welcome Jon!
 
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Thank you for the great welcome.  I look forward to participating in the soil forum this week!
 
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welcome!  I am looking forward to reading your book as our soil needs a huge amount of help!
 
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Hey Jon we're glad you're here! I'm looking forward to learning what you have to say this week.
 
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This is exciting.  I've started reading your book and now I can ask questions as I go.  Welcome Jon.
 
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Welcome John, curious to read the questions that arise from your visit to the forum... Hoping to learn from observation and shared wisdoms...
 
                      
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Welcome Jon...welcome your teaching...
 
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Hi.
 
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welcome! love all this soil talk. soil is a farmer's first crop.
 
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Welcome!!!
 
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Good morning and welcome. I hope you have a real dirty day.
 
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Welcome! I am a newbie and love the soil chats on this site. Excited to read your book.
 
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Welcome to Permies, Jon!  Your book addresses one of the MOST important topics for a homesteader or farmer. I'm glad that you could join us.
 
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Welcome Jon!  
 
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Welcome to permies.com Jon Stika!

I'm sure you will have lots of questions in the soil forum. I look forward to reading your book.
I have a bunch of questions that I will post in the soil forum.
 
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Welcome. I'm new to composting and making my own soil. Looking forward to following the discussion!
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Welcome, Jon Sitka!  Looking forward to getting the news on dirt...
 
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Hello Jon! Looking forward to reading your book!
 
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This looks like a great book and a perfect read for these long winter days.
 
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Welcome Jon Stika!  I am new to all of this so I have lots to learn!!  Appreciate people like you who work to teach us all how to improve of lives along with the soil.
 
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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.
 
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Reposting for a new user:





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!


Congratulations to:

Leigh Tate
D. Sue Dunn
Roberto pokachinni
El Rowlatt


I'll be sending each of you a PM (Purple Moosage)--please respond by Sunday to claim your prize!

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 !
 
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Congratulations, Leigh, D., Roberto, and El!  Enjoy your new book about soil health!
 
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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!
 
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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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Congratulations, y'all!!
 
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I'll be presenting some information about soil health on the North Dakota State University Spring Fever Garden Forum in March.  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/springfever/copy_of_archive-of-2019-presentations
 
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