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Emma’s Gardening Tutorial For Kids- Spring 2014 Catalog

Emma’s Gardening Tutorial for Kids

By Emma Grace

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Hi! My name is Emma and I am nine years old and homeschooled. I’m here to share some of what I have learned about gardening. I have experience in gardening because I have been working with my family in our garden for the past six years. I’ve worked with flowers and veggies, and I’ve noticed that they have very similar needs, such as water and sunshine.

There are many places and ways to garden. City = window boxes; farm = big field. There are also many other options such as gardening pots, plant boxes, small plots in the ground, or even old containers no longer used around your house. You also have to realize that some plants may need more sunshine and other more shade; this factors into your decision of where to plant and what type gardening area you will use. Also, if you want to keep your plants over the winter, you may want to plant in a container you can move indoors during colder months.

Soil is one of the main parts of a plant’s life, so if you treat the soil badly your plant won’t grow right. Here are a few tips that should help you be sure your plants are healthy and hardy.
1. Begin your seeds with starting soil. We use it because it is light and easy for the sprouts to push upwards and begin to grow taller.
2. When you are getting regular soil from a farming company or local hardware store, make sure to also get peat moss. This creates a loose soil that helps the root system grow properly. A looser soil is especially beneficial for root vegetables.
3. To go with the peat moss, we need something to feed the plants. Some people say and think that using the store’s fertilizer is good for your plants, but I disagree. Most fertilizer has artificial chemicals, and we don’t want to eat those in our foods, do we? So to make sure that you avoid those, use organic compost, which you can either purchase or make yourself (we have a big pile in our backyard!). Compost is made of animal poop (eww!), old fruits and vegetables, and even leaves. You know your compost is ready to use when it doesn’t smell and feels exactly like dirt.

Now that we’ve got the place and soil planned out, we need to pick out what to plant. Will you choose a variety of vegetables or a bouquet of flowers? Once that is decided, then you need to research and see if you should start your seeds out of doors or indoors. You can usually also purchase seedlings at a local farm supply store or farmers market, but these can be a bit pricey if you are planting a lot! Remember to treat your seedlings very gently, let them have access to sunlight or light, keep them warm, and do not overwater. When ready to move them outside, start with just a few hours outside to harden them before moving them permanently outside.

Here are a few suggestions of things you could plant:
Veggies for direct sowing as seeds: beans, lettuces, cucumbers, radishes, squashes
Veggies you should start indoors several weeks prior to planting: peppers, tomatoes, herbs
Flowers (you can either direct sow or start indoors): zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers, geraniums, and daisies! These all provide a lot of cut flowers as well as a beautiful garden.

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Now let’s talk about watering! To water seedlings or small tender plants, keep the soil moist with a fine mist. When watering more mature plants, you can be a little more aggressive. You should monitor the soil’s moisture and may need to water daily during the hot season (summer!). For cooler days, water every now and then when soil appears dry. If using pots or containers, make sure they are draining well.

Finally, the last important part is to know exactly when to harvest. It is not as hard as you might think. A green tomato is not ripe, even though you may think it is! So the easiest way to know when your fruit or vegetable is ripe for picking is to research what characteristics it should have when it is ready. Usually they smell good and have full color. Picking at the peak of ripeness offers the best nutrients.

This is just the basics of gardening and what I have learned from working with my parents. I look forward to many years gardening with my family. This year will be my first year with my very own garden and I am very excited!

Bee Allergy Free – Spring 2014 Catalog

Bee Allergy Free

by Tal Ewing

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When you suffer from seasonal allergies like I do, you only want one thing: relief! You want your nose to stop running, your eyes to stop itching, and your throat to stop burning. You want to be able to go outside without having to take a pill or squirt something up your nose that you know is probably not good for you in the long run. But how can you get to a point in your life where you can live without the pills and the sprays? For most of my life, I thought that was impossible. I remember my parents giving me spoonfuls of liquid antihistamines and taking every over-the-counter and prescription allergy medicine on the market. I took allergy shots for almost a decade. However, nothing seemed to work long term. The more medicine I took, the worse my allergies seemed to get.

BerryWell_2So, when I first met Steve and Stephanie Tallent, they pretty much knew just one thing about me: Tal has bad seasonal allergies. I’m sure that my wife (the beautiful, wonderful Mary Ewing) had told them stories of my sneezing, hacking, and doctors visits and that I was the perfect person to test a new elderberry product for them. So, on our first meeting they came bearing a gift of a bottle of what became Berry Well. It was that gift that helped lead me to finding a few natural solutions that have helped me achieve freedom from the pills and sprays. In fact, since that first meeting I have been able to stop all of my allergy medications and find true freedom from my allergies. Here’s how I did it and how you can, too!

Watch what you eat. This is the part that most of us hate to hear, but it is vital. When I finally realized that allergies are all about inflammation, I started to look for those things in my diet that lowered my body’s natural immunity and caused it to overproduce histamines. I grew up eating the Standard American Diet(SAD). We did not know better, so by the time I met Mary, my diet consisted primarily of peanut butter and jelly, coke and ramen noodles. (Hey, what’s a bachelor on a tight budget going to do?!) But I was also on antibiotics monthly because of it.

As we began to clean up our diets, we not only focused on eliminating things such as sugar, processed foods, and additives, but we made sure to include putting back nutrients that had been missing. The body can only repair itself if given the correct building blocks, so ensuring adequate intake of healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, as well as nutrient-dense fresh fruit and vegetables, give the body the proper base for health. Eliminating the non-foods or foods that trigger inflammation in the body decreases the likelihood of over-producing histamines.

Take the essentials. Be sure that you are getting the essential vitamins you need to build a healthy immune system. I finally realized that my allergies were a symptom of my body’s inability to regulate itself. So, I started listening to my wife. She encouraged me to take a probiotic, since a significant portion of immunity is regulated by the gut. I began with Tummy Tuneup, alternating with Gut Guardian. I also take Digest Best with my meals; Mary tells me this is because enzymes support digestion which in turn decreases the inflammation caused by poorly digested foods.

My daily regimen also includes SuperDad, Cod Liver Oil and B-Better to support and fill in the gaps in my diet. I added these to my daily doses of Berry Well, and I began to see a significant decrease in the time I spent dealing with my allergy episodes. This was the basis for my healing regimen, but there are several things that I also use, either when I know I am prone to more symptoms or when I am actually experiencing them.

First, I will add Vitamin D3. I usually consume it in two forms, as D3 and also in Cod Liver Oil where it is naturally paired with Vitamin A for an added punch. Vitamin D is a natural anti-inflammatory and also works to boost the immune system. Decreasing the levels of inflammation helped to decrease my allergic responses as well. The added benefit of fewer infections also helped keep me out of the doctors office! Although the spring allows for extra sunlight, I would often have to avoid time out of doors due to higher allergens. But as I took my D3, I was able to spend more time out of doors and naturally get my sunlight as well.

Then there’s a miracle substance called Colostrum Transfer Factor. Colostrum’s active ingredients not only boost the immune system and help make it difficult for bacterium to attach to the mucous membranes, but they also regulate the immune response. This prevents over-production of some of the lymphocytes and T-cells that cause the allergic responses. So taking Colostrum can keep you from getting sick,and makes sure that allergies are not running wild at the same time.

Optimally, we would all have access to raw honey, and pollen too. These help give small exposures to local allergens and gradually decrease the body’s reactions to them. Finding a local beekeeper that has healthy bees and then using a teaspoon of their honey every day can help decrease your allergies. If you do not have access to good quality raw honey, Bee Strong is a great alternative and is easy to swallow!

When I start to feel like I am getting an allergy attack or a cold, I take an extra dose of Berry Well accompanied by a dose of D3 and Vitamin C. This helps my body boost its ability to handle the additional stress it is under.

Calm your allergies with essential oils. This was the last step I took, but it has been one of the most beneficial in helping me find true allergy relief. If you suffer from allergies, you realize that you cannot always control your environment. Trees are going to pollinate, flowers are going to bloom, and the house is going to need dusting. There is something that you can do, though, to help neutralize those threats to your body: fight them with essential oils. I use a combination of eucalyptus, frankincense, and peppermint oils to calm my body when my allergies begin to flare.

During allergy season, we run the diffuser with a base of Eucalyptus Oil almost round the clock. We add to it either Frankincense, Peppermint, or Rosemary– usually depending on our mood that day! Frankincense and Peppermint both help tremendously when we feel short of breath or stuffy, and Rosemary has been very good for hay fever symptoms.

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There have been times when my allergies have led to slight asthmatic symptoms as well. I used to carry an inhaler, and although I still own one for rescue purposes, I have rarely had to use it because I prophylactically use oils! We keep a small vial of pre-mixed oils that I rub on my chest twice a day when allergies are at their peak.

Allergy Rub
3 teaspoons of Almond Oil
10 drops of Frankincense
5 drops of Peppermint
Always make sure to check for sensitivity when rubbing on the skin. This can be rubbed on the chest and neck as needed to prevent breathing difficulties or help open up the respiratory passages.

Rubbing the feet with diluted essentials oils such as peppermint, thyme, rosemary, or frankincense can also help aid in relief. This can be done prior to bed or after a warm shower.

Sometimes, when all else fails and my allergies are still bothering me, it is time to reach for extra tools. While I still increase my supplements like Berry Well, sometimes I just want to breathe and open up my nasal passages quickly. Enter the neti pot or similar nasal passages flushing device! I include sea salt and xylitol in my mix to help soothe my nasal passages. The salt helps to mimic the isotonic fluids present in the nasal passages and decreases irritation. Xylitol helps to eliminate germs and other toxins found in the nasal passages and makes it hostile for them to try to reestablish their reign. This can be used as needed throughout the day. Discard any leftover liquid at the end of each day, unless you add a few drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract to preserve the liquid.

Homemade Nasal Wash
1/3 teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 teaspoon of Xylitol
1 cup of filtered or distilled water
4 drops of GSE (optional)
Mix well and use nasal washing device to administer as needed.

While I still might have to wear that paper mask when I cut the grass, by following these three steps, I’ve found that my body is healthier and better equipped to handle the allergens that come my way. That is the key to achieving lasting allergy relief.

Tal Ewing lives in Arkansas where he is a school teacher. He is married to our own Mary Ewing, and is the busy father of their five adorable children. He enjoys sports, outdoor activities, working in ministry opportunities as well as studying theology. He and Mary hope to soon have acreage where they can expand their backyard chickens into a small hobby farm!