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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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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

garden stuff, bb

worms can live 10 years
they are male and female-hermaphroidites
finding them in your garden soil is an indication of
good soil
consider buying some and adding them to your garden or
flower beds
they aerate the soil and provide some of the best fertilizer available-
worm poop

beware the cutworm
if you plant a tomato especially or other plants such as peppers,
egg plant, cucumber, squash, cabbage etc and notice that
something felled your plant with a miniature chain saw then that is
usually the work of a cutworm

the cutworm is the larva stage of a gray or brown moth that is active
at night

use a collar of wet newspaper or the plastic container cut open at
the bottom to protect the plant
can also use diatomaceous earth or bt (bacillus thuringiensis)
around the plant
during the day time you can wet the soil around the plant
and sometimes the cutworm will float to the surface-then feed it
to the chickens
once the plant trunk is thick enough the cutworm cant cut through
the plant

plant milkweed in your garden bed or flower bed somewhere if you
have room as it is the host plant for the monarch butterfly

it is dry here so make sure you are watering your garden well
each week
do the finger test
stick your finger in the soil and if the finger comes out dry then
the bed needs water

in my garden have planted tomatoes, peppers, egg plant,
cucumbers,beans, okra, basils, tomatillo, squash, and corn
growing nicely is my garlic, potatoes, onions
left over from the winter garden is lettuce, arugula, cabbage, kale,
multiplying onions, parsley, strawberries, and cilantro

this cold weather we are having may slow down or may prevent the
germination of the seeds planted last week eg corn, beens, okra,
cucumber and squash so may have to replant them when the
weather warms again

if your garden is heavily mulched consider pulling back the mulch to
allow the soil to warm
you can add the mulch back when the weather gets hot and dry to
save moisture and keep the soil cooler

beware that another freeze could potentially hit this area-its 45 here
this am
have had a freeze the last 2 years here which caught us by surprise
and had to replant everything in april

aggies got the bears
stout beat out tall girl
guess baylor wont get to play ucon now in finals
congrats am

the organicgreen doctor