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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.

Monday, July 20, 2009

More on Plants Helping Plants


We are so fortunate to have a plethora of choices to help support our Kin Domain gardens. Besides Anastasia's (from the Ringing Cedar series) suggestions, bio dynamics, organic practices, companion planting and perma-culture techniques to help support healthy crops and deter pests, there are essential plant oils. Below are some practices used by a friend of mine, Leann, who is Reiki Master and nature spirit from the Dagara tradition. She and her friend Cindy share tips on using essential oils in the garden.

"This is the second year I've been keeping pests from my vegetable garden with essential oils. I use a garden sprayer and add oils to the water it disperses. This year I've done the same with our apple trees, strawberries, raspberries and flowers. The benefits are many-I can keep my garden 'chemical free' and I have no worries about my animals walking on the wet areas. I use about 15 drops each of Purification, Oregano, and Peppermint. I spray about once a week. Not only do the bugs disappear but I feel that the oils are improving the growing process...."

If you want to know the coverage rate and more about essential oils, you can contact Leann at the above link. Have a great gardening week!

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