START SEEDS IN EGG CARTONS

….. one way to put empty egg cartons and shells to good use.
Carefully crack each egg,  take both halves of the shell and rinse under faucet; then put  halve together and return to the  plastic egg carton.  When you have a carton full of empty shells,  fill each shell with  planting soil  and plant a seed.    Water, cover with plastic wrap and set in a sunny window.     After they sprout, transfer to larger pot.
The shells contain calcium for your plant, so can be crushed and left in the soil.
MARCH GARDENING  TIPS……..a good time to study your seed catalogs and decide which varieties of open pollenated to plant:   Heirloom Solutions,  Seed Savers Exchange,   Abundant Life Seeds, all have websites you can check out.     Some other  companies like Territorial have some non hybrid  seeds that are  not genetically modified.   Be careful.  Check out their system of marking.    You want to buy be sure to buy  non hybrid  heirloom type seeds so you  can get out those seed catalogs and  start making plans for this year’s garden.   If you plant non hybrid seeds,  you will be able to save the seed progeny from your plants and participate in the local seed exchange being planned for this fall.   BBSRCwill be  holding some sort of a social occasion to exchange seeds,  where  your cost of admission will be  non hybrid seeds .
 We welcome helpful gardening tips from you……….
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Minutes from the February 25, 2012 Meeting

The first meeting of the steering committee of a new organization:  The Big Bottom Self Reliant Community (BBSRC) was called to order at 2:00 p.m. on February 25th in the  Randle Library.   Copies of a proposed letter to the community were discussed and edited.
One purpose of this new group would be to compile a list of people with skills or products to buy, sell, trade or barter;  also perhaps to investigate the possibility of using an alternative currency in the event  a deteriorating economic picture warrants this.  Another purpose would be to enable  people in the area to get in touch with each other,  and create a community feeling of helpfulness and assistance by pooling talents and experiences and  sharing ideas for self reliance.
Since one of the members is quite proficient in setting up and maintaining web/blog  pages, it was decided to use the web to get in touch and to keep in touch rather than a letter.
Some of  links on the blog would be:    Gardening tips,  emergency preparedness,
history of our area, raising animals, pictures,  for sale or barter, and much more.
It was suggested that speakers or guest writers could be invited  now and then  to inform and entertain.
    Time and location of future meetings  will be posted on this blog
The public is always invited to attend meetings  and encouraged to participate.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:00.
Respectfully Submitted
Acting Secretary of BBSRC