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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
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

edible landscaping

an edible landscape is easy to do
have gradually been doing it over the ten years we have
been living here at the country n

it started with getting rid of the st augustine lawn
which required a lot of water and a lot of time to
take care of      more time to watch football  was freed
up when the grass was removed

over this area placed crushed granite walkways and
layers of native hard wood mulch
over time gradually have added beds and landscaping
all with native plants or with edible plants

first area did was raised bed area with herbs with each
herb having its on limestone raised bed(rocks from pasture)
planted lavender, thyme, oregano, sage, salvia gregii, and
rosemary  in this area
later added 2 lemon bushes to this area
have added blue berry bushes in two large pots also
my wife she can walked to this area and pick her herbs
she needs for cooking

large part of the yard where the st augusine was is landscaped
with native plants that are edible to birds and animals

have gradually added areas in large pots where have tomato
swiss chard, italian parsley, cilantro, multiplying onions, the
productive malabar spinach, garlic, and more oregano
my wife she walks on the front porch and cuts these when

built a large arbor that is 40 feet long and have planted
native vines on it for the beauty of the flowers and for the
seeds for the birds     have added and will add this winter
edible grapes to this arbor so can pick grapes off it when
the grapes ripen

plan to put a small edible garden with salad stuff and herbs
in a old large watering trough that is 10 feet wide
this has been placed over some grass (buffalo that
uses little water) in the front yard

also have a 8 foot pond that provides water for birds
frogs, fish and dogs and yes my friends wife-snakes

so most of my old st augustine yard is now mulched, granited,
and  is growing edible food for my wife she and i or you if you
visit and for the animals

why do this 
requires little or no water
its saves money-a small plant can produce a lot of
vegetables and fruit as it grows
herbs are freshly picked-can be $2-3 for a small bunch
of herbs at the store
know that when eat the food it is truly organic
no pesticides or chemicals are used
there is no contamination of the food with e coli or
there is no energy expended except for mine or
wife she-no pollution, no transport cost
freshly picked fruits and vegetables have more nutrition
in them than those picked weeks ago and transported
or stored some where else

its easy to do
saves money
you get exercise
saves water

why not do it
start with one edible plant in a bed
then add more gradually over time

the organicgreen doctor


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