The August meeting of the BBSRC contained a report on Diatomaceous Earth.

The benefits of using this product should go out to everyone. It is difficult to imagine a single person on the planet who would not benefit from at least one of its uses.

These fossilized skeletons of tiny aquatic organisms from one celled diatroms are mined out of the earth, crushed into a powder and sometimes called “Fossel Shell Flour”.  Under a microscope DE looks like tiny wheat checks.  As the insect moves through it, the waxy coating is scratched off their bodies, The bugs become dehydrated and die.   The faster the bug moves through it, the faster it works, and unlike insecticides, the bugs cannot become immune to it.


  • A natural insecticide for homes, gardens, animals, birds, barns, farms, kennels,  grains, crops, schools, parks.
  • Rids fleas, ticks, lice, bed bugs and parasites and ants roaches. Does not harm garden earthworms.
  • Food grade DE  taken in water will clear the human  body of parasites..Pets too

Glass of lemonade and teaspoon of DE every day for health.   Gets into digestive     system, scrubbing and cleaning out the colon.   Helps joint pain, lowers chlosteral,  lowers high blood pressure and works with collagen to improve dry skin.  Stops tapeworms in humans and dogs.

  • Natural, non toxic  flea and tick powder for cats and dogs.   Dogs: one tablespoons per day in their food.
  • As a soil amender  for clay soils, it provides 14 minerals. Great for the organic gardener, eliminating the need for toxic insect sprays.
  • As a protectant in stored grains (several pounds per ton) and animal in feed to prevent worms and bugs.
  • Put under baseboards of  your  house or rental to kill bugs.
  • Sprinkle in your chickens nests…… A layer of hay and a layer of DE.  (repeat)
  • Use on floor and sleeping quarters of all animals.

Send more ways you have used Diatomaceous Earth.


….. 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……….

The Old Days in Randle


“Grandpa,  can we go down by the river where the purple grapes grow?” Asked the little boy hopefully.  “No, not today,  Son. But on Sunday we will go that way when we walk  to Sunday School.”
“OK Gramps”,   said the small boy who was just about 4 years old.
The young boy’s  real name was  Alan Gaylord Wasson.   Even as a small child he hated  that name.    When he was old enough to talk well,  he announced to his Grandpa, 
“I don’t like my name, and I want to change it” His Grandpa,  being a very  tolerant and understanding  man , answered cheerfully 
“Fine then  what would you like to be called? ”Without hesitation the little boy replied,“Jack,   I want to be called Jack,  like Jack Frost” .remembering how  people were always saying,  ‘Jack Frost came last night and turned everything white’.
 “All right ,  from now on you will be called ‘Jack”    And so it was.
Each Sunday Grandpa  who had a farm on the Cline Road, and little Jack, who lived with him ,  would walk through the huge potato field behind their house, and down toward the Cowlitz River .   Turning East they walked along  the bank toward the morning sun  until they came to the home of a kindly woman , Mrs. Anderson, whose home was near the Cora bridge .  She was one of the Pioneer Hampton’s  daughters.   She taught the little ones Bible stories. Daniel in the Lions Den, Samson the strong man, and David the giant killer were Jack’s favorites.   She would give each  child a little colored card depicting the day’s lesson to take home.   It was a real treat for a lonely child like Jack. 
It was a beautiful golden autumn day now and the Grandpa , along with the happy little boy who carried a small colored memorial card in his pocket, started for home.   
There were the wonderful wild grape vines growing helter skelter along the bank .  The vines  were climbing the trees and bushes  in wild abandon, with the abundant dark purple grape clusters hanging  down from everywhere.   They were absolutely delicious.   They  picked all they could, ate a great lot of them, filling up their shirts,  and then started for home.
Now you are asking how can grapes grow wild along the Cowlitz.   Many years before, the pioneers probably planted them and they just kept growing.    Over on Stretch Island is a town called Grapeview,  where some French people settled around 1850, bringing their grape vines with them.  I have seen those same grape vines today, growing wild everywhere.  I would venture to guess those grape vines little Jack  saw as a child are still there in the same place, watered by the Cowlitz River…….and he is now 81 years old!

When you prune your grape vines this year,  why not take some starts from the prunings and  plant them out in the woods along a trail just for fun. The birds love grapes and  perhaps some hungry people who pass by would also enjoy them.     That kindly woman who took the  time and effort to teach these small children the Bible stories was planting a seed or a vine that took root.   Little Jack  grew up, but never stopped reading his Bible.   The roots grew deep and he was sustained through the war times and other bad times.  
 May God Bless that kindly woman and the good seeds she planted.
And may  the good seeds in our gardens and those planted in each of our   lives both flourish and bring forth much fruit.