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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
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this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

country n news-produce to preserves

we at the country n are having a bountiful amount of produce
this year
the tomatoes squash plums beans cucumbers are almost too
much to eat and take care of

usually what we do is plant just enough so that we eat
and give away what we produce
this year for multiple reasons
lots of rain the change in my garden beds to make a more
plant nutritional soil and better use of fertilizers
organic of course
we have produced and produced

my wife she the official canner here at the country n
got to work
plums plums lots of plums
best plum jelly shes ever made
we canned them so they have tomatoes garlic onions peppers
in them since i like to use that combo with my
country n beans
a bread and butter recipe
now we also have eaten tons of them soaked in vinegar
and with sea salt sprinkled on them
also those are pecans left over from the fall crop

we are eating
tomato onion cuke squash sandwiches everyday for lunch

i have eaten so many tomatoes my mouth is sore
like a bear that eats honey despite getting stung and stung
i keep eating those tomatoes
so far my favorite is the cherokee purple

we also have put up serving size bags of green beans
in the freezer
we put them right from the garden in ziplock bags
remove the air
then use as needed

we also have grilled veggies each week
using from our garden potatoes onion garlic beans egg plant
beans green tomatoes rosemary

so youll find us in the kitchen working everyday
well i will be in there eating tomaotes and the cukes

our country n girls are hard at work
they like this warm weather

while working at habitat i noticed a lot of the hispanic families
made their cactuses into what i called a cactus tree
so i took my 7 ft x 15 ft spineless cactus
trimmed it back to a cactus tree
i hauled off 3 truck loads of cactus pads to my brush piles
as it grows ill keep it trimmed back

the grass in the back ground is a native grass that use to be
all over the native plains
before we destroyed most of it
it grows to about 6-7 ft tall
produces a seed head the birds love
they land on the top somehow and hold on while eating the seeds
in the winter its brown
in the spring new growth replaces the the brown
it waves back and forth in the breezes
its always tall all year round
there is not maintenance or care
i have never watered or done anything to it

the tree in the picture is a hackberry
its a good tree to have in your pasture
as it supplies shade and lots of food for birds
its not a good one to have in your yard
when it gets big
it dies after about 20+ years
leaving a deep hole in your pocketbook as you have to remove
it to protect your house from getting a tree blown onto its roof

i think its called a hackberry
you eventually have to hack it down

i planted a burr oak under its canopy 10 years ago anticipating
this removal of the hackberry
i now have a 15 ft burr oak thats just busting to take over that

we have been busy at the country n this summer
with more to come

i am sure glad i didnt make my garden plot bigger

the organicgreen doctor

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