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
please feel free to follow me along this path
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

Friday, December 31, 2010

my story, january gardening

i wanted to tell my story because it is therapeutic for me
and for my wife she
at the same time as you follow my story you will be
educated on alzheimers disease such that you will know
more about the disease than most people do and more than
most doctors know and more than i knew 2 months ago
and hopefully will know what evaluation needs to be done
if you or a family member should shown signs of the disease

i have been on both sides as a doctor treating patients, now as
a patient being treated (dont like being a patient very much)
and as a family member dealing with a mother and close
relative with the disease so have seen all sides of the story of

i hope not to make the mistakes with my wife she and i  that
were made along the way dealing with the disease previously

this disease will partially overwhelm the medical system in the
near future as more and more baby boomers age

some people buy seeds now to be ready to plant for the spring
eg tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, etc
i usually just buy plants at the nursery because it is easier to
deal with

in january i prepare my beds for the late winter and early spring
i remove all dead plants and compost them
our chickens love it as they eat any seeds left on the plants

i then add 2-3 inches of good compost either my own
if available or get organic barnyard compost at the local nursery

then add some molasses across the beds
and will usually add some organic fertilizer
will mix all this into the top 3-4 inches of soil
then will rake it smooth
then cover this with a layer of newspapers and then this
with a layer of mulch
will water as needed to keep the soil from drying out
if no rain has occurred
the worms will come to the surface and eat the newspapers
the worms till the upper soil and poop in it to add more
fertilization to the soil

the bed is now ready to plant

the next crops i will  plant are potatoes and onions  in late
january to early february
will be picking these up as seed potatoes and as onion plants
in a couple of weeks at the local organic nursery

the next plantings will be in mid march
the beds will have 2 months to ripen

today is a good day here where i live to start working
on the beds

the organicgreen doctor

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