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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Monday, March 14, 2011

plantin time, poor japan, bracketology

if you live where we do then it is time to plant stuff
just be aware that usually another freeze can happen and
destroy all that hard work you do

know that from experience as it has happened to me every year
for the last several years
it happened to me twice last spring

row cover, row cover can help prevent a lot of sadness when it
comes to protecting your crops

i just cant stand it any longer im going to put my stuff in and if it
freezes i will just replant it
here in central texas many plants especially tomatoes need that
jump on the weather as the heat is not that far away
the heat will shut down the tomatoes like it did last year here

so its soil prep soil prep
if you have no soil like we do then you need to do a raised bed
i just bring in good garden soil i get at the natural gardener
i cover the ground with cardboard and 10 layers of newspapers and
just dump it on the ground with a border of non toxic boards or rock
or stone
you need at least 12-24 inches of soil and dont get no bad stuff just
get the good soil
if you have soil already it needs to be amended with 3-4 inches of
good compost worked into the soil then add a good sprinkle of
organic fertilizer
then do the planting
you have to water the plants in well using water or better a good
liquid organic fertilizer or sea weed solution
water them to keep them from drying out too much
do the finger test, if the soil is dry water it
when the crops are growing good use the organic fertilizer every
4-6 weeks and the liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks

the tomatoes can be planted laying on its side to increase more
root exposure, then cover the stalk  with soil
i always wrap the stalk with a thin piece of wet newspaper at the
soil level as cut worms can mow down the plants
its real sad to come out in the am and see all your tomatoes
cut down and laying wilting on the soil
been there done that

remember if it looks like it will freeze you need to cover them
with row cover or some protective cover that will keep them
from freezing

i try to use seedling plantings as much as possible as it speeds up
the growing process a lot
also if the soil is not moist enough or if you dont keep the soil
watered the seeds wont germinate or if they germinate they will die

i plant peppers, egg plants and cantiloupe from plants
i plant corn, squash, cucumbers, beans, and okra from seed
but am diligent to keep the soil moist when the seeds are planted
one day of letting the seeds get too dry will wipe out the crop
also overwatering can do the same

good soil, water, fertilizer, close observation for damage or bugs
and your shadow in the garden is the best care for a good garden

good luck

the destruction is devastating there
now they are having to worry about a nuclear plant meltdown

the friend of my sons fiance is  in japan and says the destruction
is massive
he says that they are having aftershocks of 6-7 that just adds to
the destruction
he is having to come back to the us and feels almost guilty
leaving because the people of japan need so much help and
so many people there are suffering

its going to be a long recovery time
our thoughts are with the people of japan

ok colorado got hosed by the selection committee
they should have been in the big dance

texas should have been better than a 4 seed
now they just need to prove it

final four ohio state, pittsburgh, kansas, and connecticut
the final winner is kansas

the organicgreen doctor

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