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.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Kin Domain Garden

For those of you following the lasagna garden technique I introduced in March, you'll appreciate the final outcome. Under this rabbit and insect proof float cloth are thriving plants bound for the table. Peas, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, beans, onions, lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, basil, cilantro, thyme, and sunflowers. Beyond this enclosed garden I also have an area planted with cabbages, raspberries, blueberries, and giant sunflowers. Many of these were started in my make shift-greenhouse using the planting technique introduced by Anastasia (The Ringing Cedar Series). The rest were planted using cosmic gardening.

The float can stay on although that will mean hand pollination which isn't the best. Until I can trap and move a few rabbits, I dare not leave this off. In my small backyard, I'm currently hosting seven rabbits of various sizes. Left unattended, in an hour, the garden would be mowed flat by their voracious appetites. If I cannot capture them, I'll be forced to install a mesh fence around the gardens.

Use some of the repellents for them you say--I have with repeated applications after rain. They don't seem to mind these repellents in the least. One day, when I am in full understanding of what it means to have dominion over animals, I'm going to be able to give up the cloth, fence, and traps and have these creatures clipping back the weeds on my behalf. Soon...soon...

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