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A Soil Owner's Manual

How to Restore and Maintain Soil Health
By: Jon Stika
Narrated by: Greg Young
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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A Soil Owner's Manual: How to Restore and Maintain Soil Health is about restoring the capacity of your soil to perform all the functions it was intended to perform. This book is not another fanciful guide on how to continuously manipulate and amend your soil to try and keep it productive. This book will change the way you think about and manage your soil. It may even change your life. If you are interested in solving the problem of dysfunctional soil and successfully addressing the symptoms of soil erosion, water runoff, nutrient deficiencies, compaction, soil crusting, weeds, insect pests, plant diseases, and water pollution, or simply wish to grow healthy vegetables in your family garden, then this book is for you.

Soil health pioneer Jon Stika describes in simple terms how you can bring your soil back to its full productive potential by understanding and applying the principles that built your soil in the first place. Understanding how the soil functions is critical to reducing the reliance on expensive inputs to maintain yields. Working with, instead of against, the processes that naturally govern the soil can increase profitability and restore the soil to health. Restoring soil health can proactively solve natural resource issues before regulations are imposed that will merely address the symptoms. This book will lead you through the basic biology and guiding principles that will allow you to assess and restore your soil. It is part of a movement currently underway in agriculture that is working to restore what has been lost. A Soil Owner's Manual: How to Restore and Maintain Soil Health will give you the opportunity to be part of this movement. Restoring soil health is restoring hope in the future of agriculture, from large farm fields and pastures, down to your own vegetable or flower garden.

©2016 Jon Stika (P)2017 Jon Stika

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  • Ben
  • 24-10-2019

Narration lets it down

Thanks for the book and the opportunity to prove feedback. It’s a good book, and would be much better with a more dynamic narrator given the content. No offence to Greg Young, he’d be better suited to narrating other genres, such as true crime. Also, is it really necessary to narrate the entire contents of the book verbatim, such as the table of contents and web addresses? Perhaps more appropriate and practicable to have a supporting PDF document for reference material please.

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The start of a journey towards a healthier planet. Unleash the soil web and the benefits will come.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 02-02-2018

Must read regardless of Agriculture involvement

I highly recommend this wether you're involved in Agriculture or not. Small scale, large scale; conventional, strip or no tillage; this is a must read. The least we can do as humans is understand what is beneath our feet.

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  • Amaya
  • 04-06-2018

Incredible eye opener

I'm not a farmer or gardener, but I loved this book. The author doesn't just give us the technical details of soil ecology, but also threads through little nuggets of philosophy and also examples and analogies to illustrate his points. It sounds silly to say this about a book about the biology and chemistry of soil, but I was rivetted.

Hopefully these new revelations will give us a new, greener revolution.

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  • Ryan Okane
  • 05-06-2018

informative

I found it very informative. I am excited about farming but have no prior knowledge of what plants needed for food or amount of water. it was very enlightening to hear all the factors that come into play on a farm.

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  • Nobody
  • 30-04-2018

Should never have been made into an audiobook.

This book may have a lot of valuable information. I will never know. I could not get past the narrator reading out URLs, and subtitles for pictures. If there are graphs pictures and charts that are key to the understanding of a book, it should not be made into an audiobook.

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  • jason russell
  • 03-03-2020

sounds like a "book of quotes"

This book has great content but the constant citation of other books is a good way for me to lose interest fast.

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  • Zachary
  • 08-02-2020

Recommended for anyone who touches the soil

A very important topic that the author makes easy to understand. An eye opener for new and old gardeners alike. Recommended for anyone who touches the soil and a must read for all in the horticulture field.

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  • virginia
  • 01-02-2020

a lot of time on bibliography....too much time...

way too much time for reference credit, should be clumped at the end for audiobook. otherwise I would recommend this book, good info and good narration..



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  • Dustin Blair
  • 08-01-2020

Disappointed.

I wanted to like this book it was just too preachy with a lack of meaningful information.