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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
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

simple quote, vetch, bluebonnets

life is really simple
but we insist on making it complicated
by confucius

so this is what our problem is
when you think it about it

as i sit here on my dell computer hooked up to a verizon card
writing this blog with my smart phone adroid attached to the
computer getting charged to be ready for the days activity
and im drinking my organically grown coffee that i ground and
made fresh today

ive also just reviewed my messages and facebook and responded to
people from across the us

lets not complicate our lives
lets keep them simply simple
its is hard to do

although im a little late i will be planting some vetch
today in my dormant areas of my garden since we
will be having a week or more of warmer weather

vetch is an annual legume that fixes nitrogen in the soil
its called a green manure crop
it will grow until i get ready to plant my crops this spring
my beds are 4x12 ft raised beds
ill sow the seeds across the beds and let them grow
if they get too high ill mow them down to about 4-6 inches

when i get ready to plant for example my tomatoes i will
simply plant them in the middle of the vetch
as the vetch dies it leaves its nitrogen and nutrition in the soil
for the tomatoes to utilize
the vetch will also act as a mulch for the tomatoes

after the tomatoes are through producing this summer i will
plant a cover crop of black eyed peas which will do the same
as the vetch does in the fall and the winter
the black eyed peas will also be picked and eaten this summer
to go along with my other summer crops

then next fall ill replant the vetch again as i leave the area dormant
the cycle continues

this method of using cover crops provides a natural source of nutrition
and nitrogen to the soil

here is a picture of some baby bluebonnets

this is in an area of bare ground where the grass died from
the drought this year
the bare areas are covered with these baby bluebonnets
these bluebonnets are already running their roots into the soil
to help stabilize it and keep the top soil from eroding away
this is one of their purposes in nature

you cant see them but there are native grass seeds in the soil there
and other wild flowers that will sprout this spring and take the
place of the bluebonnets

if we continue to get rain throughout the winter to keep moisture
to these little guys
we should have one of the best bluebonnet showings we had
in awhile

some of these are seeds i scattered in the bare ground and most
have just been sitting there waiting for nature to do the right thing
to encourage their sprouting and growth
they all set out last year since it was so dry

there should be some great bluebonnet pictures next spring
be ready with your cameras

the organicgreen doctor

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