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, April 15, 2011

earthkind, bb, happy birthday

well the aggies are doing something right
texas am runs the extension service for texas
they have been known in the past to be under
the influence of major companies much like the
medical community ie doctors have been under
the influence of the drug companies

now they have started an earthkind program
they recommend decreasing water use, using less fertilizer
(recently they did a test of fertilizers and found that the
organic fertilizers work best for lawns), using drought tolerant
plants, and mulch

this approach works no matter where you live

they have developed plants that are genetically tough
eg they took roses and planted them in crappy clay soil
they watered them the first year, then occasionally the
second year then none after that
they did not fertilize or dead head or use pesticides on them

what was developed was one tough rose that was very

this approach was done for a lot of plants, trees, shrubs,
annuals, vegetables, and perennials

what is left is tough plants that use little water, little fertilizer,
no or limited pesticides (organic please) and with the use of mulch
are very earth friendly

the statement was if you can grow weeds then you can grow
their roses

on my property i have selected plants that meet these criteria
as much as possible
i dont fertilize them, use pesticides on them and never water them
what is left is a very xerographic yard

planted are acanthus, greggs mistflower, texas hibiscus, aster,
jerusalem sage, texas sage, cat mint, butterfly bush, carolina jasmine,
 lady banksia rose, zexmenia, youpon holly, pride of barbados,
rosemary, salvia gregii, cedar sage, black foot daisy, four nerve daisy,
native grapes, agarita, mexican buckeye, trumpet vine, althea, cactus,
texas plum, texas mountain laural, oregano, sage, thyme, turks cap,
passion vine, texas betony, esperanza (yellow bells), virginia creeper,
germander, american beautyberry, evergreen sumac, redbud, texas
persimmon, anachacho orcid tree, cast iron plant, possumhaw holly,
burr oak, cedar elm, cedar etal

all of these are xeric plants
again i dont water them or fertilize them or apply pesticides
i just keep them mulched to retain moisture and to provide some
natural fertilizer from the decomposition of the mulch

earthkind works best

well nba playoffs start tomorrow
intriguing series are portland vs dallas
and celtics vs nicks

could the mavericks lose in the first round again
are the celtics just too old and beat up to defeat
carmellos team

happy birthday to my future daughter in law she
welcome to the family

the organicgreendoctor

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