Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Final Phase of Lasagna Garden

You are at the half-way point in the process. Next, (5) spread a layer of peat moss or other composted organic matter. The more you can thoroughly cover the straw the faster the breakdown. Finish (6) by broadcasting organic top soil. If you have other ingredients that must be included, now is a good time to add those. (6 1/2) Give all the layers a final sprinkle of water then (7) lower the black ground cover. On the example below, I used a black cover plastic overlaid with clear plastic sheeting because the black wasn't wide enough to get good seals on the sides. All of these materials will hold up to the elements. After you remove them, you can dry them on the grass and then roll them up to reuse at a later date.

Do your best to get a good seal. I recommend using rocks, bricks, bales of straw, or boards around the perimeter to seal down the edges and keep out the wind. You want this to cook on high over the next eight weeks. Some of you can get your seedlings started because at this point your outside prep is done. You're going to leave the ground cover in place until you are ready to plant.

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