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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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i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

garden stuff, bunny ears

you know you can garden wherever you live
and raise vegetables if you have 6 hours of sunlight
me i got way too much sunlight on my garden
in fact here pretty soon ill be putting up shade cloth
over some of my stuff to block some of the late
afternoon sun

this photo is from a friend who lives in chicago
she along with a young neighborhood friend planted
this garden at their condo

its real easy to do
they took 5 gallon buckets in this case as you can see
they are visually attractive to the eye
you would want to cut holes in the bottom for drainage
in central texas you would want to put some screening
material like window screen in the bottom to keep
fire ants out
you then add a good potting soil
in this area the best is lady bug vortex potting soil
which has everything in it already
i would also add a small layer of good compost on the top
if the potting soil you use doesnt have it

then add a layer of mulch to hold in moisture
then twice a month use a good liquid organic fertilizer
not that miracle grow stuff fertilizer at the recommended
i use johns formula since it has seaweed molasses humates and
fish emulsion in it

then regularly i would check one of two finger methods of
first stick the index finger down to the first knuckle
if its wet dont water
if tis dry water it
its that simple
sometimes in the hot summer it may need watering every day
remember over watering will kill the plants just as fast as
not watering it

then the second method is using the middle finger
if none of this works just raise that finger and say heck with it

usually like i said not watering it enough or watering it too much
or not having 6 hours of sun is the reason this doesnt work

after the bucket is all ready
just plant the plant
water it in
and take good care of it and enjoy the crops

they should have a good crop from their 3 different
tomatoes and eggplant and peppers
good luck

last week i wrote about the tatume squash that
was used to replace the yellow squash and the
zucchini squash that gets wiped out by that old
squash borer
here is the first two that i harvested
you pick them at baseball size
they are just as good as the yellow or zucchini
i expect any day now to see those two plants
collapsed and dead from the boerer
but im ready this year since ive got plenty of these
tatume squash that are growing

i was known for my duct tape and my donald duck talking for
the kids when i was in practice
in fact im researching a duct tape coffin to use when i die
black of course or maybe donald duck yellow and blue

also those of you who know me very well know that ive ruined
many a photo op with my bunny ears
in fact my sweet daughterinlaw forbid me to do any bunny ears
for their wedding pictures
well thats not true she did allow me one picture where i did
bunny ears
except for some reason it didnt come through when all the pictures
were produced

my niece thanks at
sent me this  picture and wondered if i had drawn it

the organicgreen doctor

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