welcome to the organic green doctor blog

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

Sunday, October 10, 2010

malabar spinach, praying mantis, football

this is a picture of malabar spinach growing in the garden 

those of you who are family members may recognize 
the small white cup hanging on the wire fence in the bottom right of the picture

malabar spinach is a vine with edible leaves
the flavor is same as regular spinach
is best when picked young and tender
can climb 8-20 feet 
likes sun to partial shade
in late fall here it starts seed production that birds love
bought a plant several years ago     it just reseeds every year 
grow it up my garden fence 
gave my motherinlaw she a cutting and she has been growing 
it in a pot in california for several years 

(gave my brotherinlaw he a cutting which as per previous blog
put it in my sisterinlaws luggage which soaked all her clothes 
(see previous blog) it may not have made it to california 
but may have been planted in denver instead)

it freezes down in winter here but keep it covered with pine straw 
it usually comes back or comes back from seed elsewhere 
in the garden   
if have too many come up just pull them up and eat the leaves 
as they are thinned out 

use them in our salads and our sandwiches    
my wife she cooked a spinach casserole last night 
hum hum good
she also blanches them and stores in freezer

no maintenance productive plant 
can be hard to find 


pm was not photogenic     did not want his picture taken
took several pictures but he kept moving and hiding his face
he/she is in the middle upper part of the picture next to waldo

pm are good for killing insects in the garden 
can be sign of no pesticide usage 
am totally organic gardener so have noticed more of these
over the years    have one that lives in the house 
will eat caterpillars, grasshoppers(yea!), beetles etc 
do eat good insects also 

also are people friendly usually 

these are the good guys    keep em around

those razorbacks tried to loose didnt they 
if they could have just beat alabama last week    wow !

longhorns did not loose this weekend-didnt play
they play nebraska there next week
nebraska has revenge on their mind
may not be pretty next weekend

go cowboys today     hope the rest did them good 

the organicgreen doctor

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