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.



ASPARAGUS  PICKLES    (3 or 4 pints)

May is the month to put up the first pickles of the season…… asparagus.

Expensive pickles to buy,  but so easy to do at home yourself.

Select large asparagus to pickle.


2 cups boiling  water
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups white vinegar.

Method:   Wash asparagus, remove scales, if desired,  cut into lengths

to fit standing up in the jar.   Blanch or steam for 2 to 3 minutes and

immediately remove and submerge in ice water to stop the cooking.

Do not overcook.

Heat jars, caps, and lids in boiling water.    Fill jars and adjust caps and

lids.    Tips should not touch lids.  Pour vinegar mixture over.

Place jars into large kettle of hot water and process 15 minutes, counting time from

when water returns  to boil.  Remove, tighten  lids  and cool.

Recipe from Washington Asparagus Growers  P.O.Box 757, Sunnyside, WA