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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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Thursday, November 14, 2013

they take it, garden update

despite what was reported in the austin paper
the largest 300+ clinic where i use to work
austin regional clinic
does take the obamacare insurance or aca insurance

they like me did their due diligence and selected what
they and what i thought was the best policies
many of the companies they are not signed up for
they werent signed up for them before the affordable care act
remember theres a reason why

click on www.austinregionalclinic.com to read their ceos statement

you cant always believe what you read in the paper
or hear on the news or read on the internet

this is the time of year when its the best to garden in central texas
you have to be careful though and know your plants
i knew the cold front was acoming so i covered my stuff up
with row cover to protect it
i knew that some things if it gets cold enough wont be protected
these plants just do not like real cold weather

last night it got into the mid 20s here at the country n
i was ready since i went out on tuesday and picked all those
things that i knew would not survive this cold weather
despite the row cover

tomatoes bell peppers banana peppers jalapeno pepper egg plant
poblano peppers red potatoes and basil
that basil does not like the cold

here is a picture of my produce i picked to save it from the freeze
from left to right
poblano peppers banana peppers potatoes basil green tomatoes
bell peppers jalapeno peppers

the peppers will be bagged and frozen to use later in cooking
the bell peppers will also be used in salads and will be stuffed
later and cooked

the basil is mixed with olive oil to make a pesto for cooking
we had four plants that filled up a trash bag full
our house sure smells good
especially from the lemon basil we planted this year

the green tomatoes will be allowed to ripen on the shelf
the potatoes will be stored and eaten as needed

here is one of my keyholeless beds made from a 6 ft
diameter water trough with a central composter
that had eggplants banana peppers jalapeno peppers tomatoes
bell peppers poblano peppers lemon basil sweet basil some arugula
planted in it
its all been picked as above

still in my garden and really not needing much protection
is this 58 plants of garlic

in my other keyhole garden in a 8 ft water trough i have
lettuces spinach carrots beets cilantro asian greens kales
broccoli parsley sweet peas swiss chard
providing salads and greens all winter long

in late january onions i use 1015 onions and red potatoes
will be planted also

i let my wild arugula go to seed this time of year
as it provides a source of flowers for the bees butterflies
and humming birds and it reseeds itself in the garden

then finally heres that dang monkey pod vine
this year i was successful in getting it to grow
but those dang grasshoppers would shear it off at the
top and it would never grow higher that 6 feet and make
those beautiful flowers ive been told they will produce

this year unlike previous attempts at least they produced
monkey pods for next springs plantings

ill be ready next year for those dang grasshopper though
just you wait im ready for you

the organicgreen doctor

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