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New beginnings really rejuvenate me, especially after last year!

Boy, 2020 REALLY STUNK! It seemed to relentlessly torture all of us! But I refuse to talk about all of the loss of the past anymore...

New Year, New Vaccine, New President, we need a NEW POSITIVE OUTLOOK!

So as part of our fresh, “feel good” outlook on 2021, I am announcing two new medicinal teas! I had many inquiries from customers, over the past year, about teas for these particular medical issues and these two issues were mentioned to me the most. I have done the research and found the best herbs for the job. I am currently gathering ingredients, blending and then will be testing with volunteers to be sure that they will work. I will have these two new teas ready for sale this Spring!

The first tea will be for our wonderful women who experience a great deal of troubling symptoms with their menstruation cycle. In my research the herbs that I have chosen for this tea have been found to give relief to these symptoms: excessive bleeding, cramping, irregular periods and some symptoms of PMS, such as mood swings, anxiety, migraines & bloating. Ugh! God Bless the women!

The second tea will be for so many of us who have been diagnosed with Diabetes. In my research the herbs in this tea have been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels, reduce triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol, improve insulin resistance and decrease HbA1c levels! Boy it would be great to get the doctor of our case, huh?

I’m so looking forward to hearing from any or all of you with any thoughts or ideas on how to better serve you. We only get one body and one life here on this planet and we want to feel good enough to enjoy it!

I am not a medical professional. I am an herb gardener, who sees the value of medicinal benefits of using herbs. I find the research very interesting and I enjoy sharing it with all of you. But please always check with your doctor before relying on my products as your only source of action. It is my intention to help, not hurt.

Remember you can always message me on Facebook, or email - iamplayinginthedirt@gmail.com , or my website - www.playinginthedirt.net

Or even text me - 717-686-8535. Thank you for being interested in what I do!

-Diana Kump, Owner


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  • Playing In The Dirt

Happy Earth Day 2020! It's been 50 years of "Give A Hoot, Don't Pollute!", Leaded Gasoline, Industry, Oil Spills, Acid Rain, toxic waste, The Clean Air Act, The Endangered Species Act, The Clean Water Act, Recycle & Reuse, The Greenhouse Effect, Save The Watershed, Global Warming and Clean Energy...

There have been 50 years of Programs, Acts of Congress, Protests, Catch Words, Slogans and Campaigns, yet the earth's pollution condition had not improved... until now!

It took a world wide pandemic to see a physical change in our environment. The needle has finally been moved on the scale of the condition of our earth! After weeks of us all "sheltering at home" our earth is actually recovering! Notably speaking, smog has cleared from 2 of this country's cities with the highest polluted air on record, Los Angeles, California and Denver, Colorado. Other countries around the world have also recorded much less air pollution, such as China, India, Italy, and everywhere in between! It's wonderful!

But we all know, and are actually looking forward returning to our jobs and normal routines when this terrible viral outbreak has passed. Therefore, all of the pollution is expected to return.

So what can we do to keep that from happening?

This is the time for all humans to THINK ABOUT CHANGE. How can each of us change how we live, how we travel, how we function day to day, in and out of our homes, to keep our blue skies blue, our oceans clear and all of the creatures of the earth healthy??? Our polluting ways have become our way of life, part of our everyday hustle and bustle. But right now, our daily hustle is contained. We're all home. Household supplies are limited. PERFECT!!! After all necessity is the mother of invention!

So let's think about it... What are you putting out there? Here are some suggestions:

#1: Your car emissions.

*Car Pool to work.

*Take mass transit.

*Talk to your boss about working from home a few days a week.

*Consolidate trips to the grocery store from picking up a couple things a few days a week to one grocery shopping day per week or every two weeks.

*Keep your cars engine in good efficient condition.

#2: We are all cleaning and disinfecting everything more than ever before, Therefore we are flushing tremendously more chemicals down our drains, throwing away more paper products than ever before, as well as more plastic. There are environmentally friendly alternatives that really do disinfect just as well as cleaning with chemicals. WHITE VINEGAR is a natural disinfectant and it's so much cheaper than chemical cleaning products!!!

*Mix white vinegar and water 50/50 in a spray bottle and use it to clean anything and everything! If you don't like the smell of vinegar, add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil.

*Instead of pop-up containers of chemical disinfectant wipes, cut up old t-shirts or use a stack of cheap wash cloths, stack them up in a plastic food storage container, poor in the same 50/50 vinegar and water solution and cover with a lid. Use these cloths to wipe down door knobs, light switches, the kids toys, furniture, even your car steering wheel and hand grips. Let the surface air dry to continue to kill germs then toss the cloth in your laundry to clean and use again.

*Use straight vinegar in your dish washer to clean and disinfect your dishes. Or even better, wash your dishes by hand using vinegar and hot water.

*Change to a plant based environmentally friendly laundry detergent and

*use a vinegar and baking soda mixture to work on any stains.

#3: Less waste. This covers a broad list of things we throw away that can be used less, re-used, recycled or shared.

*Use less water.

*Buy ONE reusable drink bottle and ONE water filter for your tap or refrigerated water, instead of buying case after case of plastic throw away water bottles.

Talk to your family and friends about what we can do to keep our current clearing air, water and soil. If we all just think of 2 ways to lessen our pollution footprint on the earth, we can all continue make a difference and improve its condition as we join together again. Our grandchildren and theirs, and all living things can enjoy these bluer skies for centuries to come.

Get out there and enjoy your day without driving. Take a walk, have a picnic, or just Have Fun PLAYING IN THE DIRT!!!

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Here are a couple interesting articles about Earth Day

https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-50th-anniversary/

https://www.earthday.org/history/

https://aminoapps.com/…/…/82g4_l2SXI2WYgdz677E6ZBpDzPdMnBgvl

https://time.com/5824343/first-earth-day/


https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katebubacz/photos-show-first-earth-day?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bfsharefacebook&ref=mobile_share&fbclid=IwAR1EDXm_qmE69ZmGqpVARUZ_QD75advcd2wHnojdgdzRn4tEcLB1f5TroFQ


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  • Playing In The Dirt

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

Believe me! I am the biggest April Fool when it comes to gardening. I really don't have any patients and even less in my younger years. There were years that I've been ready to plant at first sight of temperatures staying above freezing for just a few days, only to lose some very promising tomato seedlings. Don't do it!

We all grow wiser with age, but patience is something you learn from your mistakes while being impatient! Lol

Spring has sprung! The equinox has occurred! But does that mean it is time to plant? Are you sure? What about the weather where you live? Where do you live? What's your zone? What is a "zone"? Is it still cold there? Was it below freezing last night? Will it freeze again this year?

I learned to make my planting decisions by using the answers to all of those questions.

Step 1: Where do you live? Your 5 digit zip-code is all you need to learn the probable last frost date for your area.

Take your digits here... https://www.almanac.com/gardening/frostdates Yep! The good ol' Farmer's Almanac. Since no one can completely predict the future, I follow the voices of experience. They haven't steered me wrong yet...or my dad before me!

So on that sight, you typed in your zip-code and up popped a few tid-bits of very useful information: Altitude - If you are planting a high altitudes, be aware of what you plant. Do your research about the hardiness of your plant choices. (You probably shouldn't expect to grow a Magnolia Tree in Alaska.)

First and last frost dates - Mine are April 30 (yesterday) for the last frost of the winter. So it's probably okay to plant today, but check the weather reports and be ready to cover everything if they call for a late season frost. The first frost date coming next fall is October 9. I always try to have everything harvested and cleaned up by then. Year before last, I didn't get everything harvested in time, so I ended up covering my tender lavender flowers with tarps through a night of frost to give me one more day to cut it all for use rather than lose it all to frost.

Step 2: Find out your zone here... https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

I live in zone 6b, in PA. I can see by the zone map that my area has an extreme low of -5 degrees Fahrenheit. (Not a good temperature for plants or me!) Your zone will always be an important piece of information throughout the year. If you are buying your plants, or seeds, the packaging may have a little chart printed on it that could read, This plant is hardy from zone 8b - 7b. So you would know you probably shouldn't buy Mom that Gardenia Plant for her to grow in Springfield, Illinois (Zone 5b). You may find out that what was your favorite flower can not grow in the high summer temperatures you get in the deep south. Perhaps you'll find a new favorite plant in your zone.

I think these few bits of knowledge are quite enough to guide you through this, "When to plant?" and "What to plant?" time of the year.

*Another tip for fun - Plan a trip or three to several plant farms and/or nurseries a little outside of the area where you live. I've found that in our area of several small towns, most of the garden centers carry all the same plants. I look online in the Spring to find other places to buy plants that may be just an hour or two outside of our area. Perhaps a plant and garden event that sell plants or has workshops or speakers. Spring is the time of rebirth! The birds and bees and flowers and leaves are back! And so are we, as we emerge, squinting into the light, shedding our winter sweat pants and cardigans. So grab your boots and hat and get out there!!!

It's time to have some fun Playing In The Dirt!!


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