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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Prep steps three-three and a half and four

So you have the newspaper and sand laid down (btw, very small amount of sand), now (3) you'll add the straw or moist decayed leaves. If you want a thick mulch leave the straw in the small sections you pull from the bale otherwise pull at it to loosen the section and spread it thinner. Then (3 1/2) you get to wet the area with a hose, sprinkler can or bucket. You don't need to saturate or leave standing puddles, just add enough water so the paper is wet beneath the straw. After you complete this task, if you have manure or compost, (4) broadcast it over the straw. I just throw out handfuls, or on a big area, shake the bag back and forth to scatter the moist clods. Naturally, I have a really sturdy pair of garden gloves--mine have a rubber surface on the palm side and stretchy breathable top.

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