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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, July 21, 2015

not too hot

yesterday was a scorcher
as it got to 100 degrees here
making things start to turn brown all over the place
my buffalo grass is starting to brown some
with the first rain it will green up again

thats the way grass is suppose to work around here
i dont water it
it turns brown
nature waters it
it turns green
its the way its suppose to be

now in my garden i have malabar spinach growing
on the fence
i bought this plants parent about 10 years ago
it self seeds each year giving me lots of plants to
pick from
ive donated the babies to a lot of folks

we thin them out to the plant thats self planted in the right
the thinned plants are just right for salads

it loves the hot weather and will grow until it freezes in the fall
i occasionally water it
we use it in salads
cook with it
my favorite is my wife shes spinach casserole

its the plant that keeps on giving and giving

this is where my onions were planted this year
after harvesting my onions
i seeded this bed with purple hull peas
which i harvest and freeze for new years day
so we can have good luck all year

the peas put nitrogen back into the soil
this week i will cut down all the peas since we
have harvested one crop off them
i will feed the plants to the chickens
they love them
the roots are left in the ground since they are loaded
with minerals and nutrition for the soil
ill add 4 inches of compost
not even working into the soil
ill add some liquid molasses to stimlate bacterial
and fungus growth
ill add humates which helps breakdow the soil some
ill add cottonseed meal to provide nitrogen as a
quick source of nitrogen
ill add an organic fertilizer like ladybugs 824
ill stir this up some
cover it with pinestraw or oak leaves
letting it mature until i plant my fall garden
in october and november

this soup of stuff will be good and cured and ready
for my fall crops
carrots beets lettuce spinach cilantro swiss chard bok choy
broccoli cabbage parsley etc
then another bed where my potatoes
were seeded with the same peas
after harvesting a first crop
i opened up a spot for my fall tomatoes
just large enough to plant the tomato
leaving the peas mostly in place
they fix ntirogen in the soil
in the circle where i planted my tomato i added
compost cottonseed meal fertilizer humates molasses
then stirred it up some
then planted my fall tomatoes in the middle of the circle

i also added a 5 gallon bucket with holes in the bottom
added two shovels full of compost
my country n chicken compost

ill water the tomatoes once a week by filling up the
buckets with water

the peas shade the tomatoes and keep the soil from
drying out
as the tomatoes grow ill add a sun screen over the
tomatoes to keep them cool

this fall we should have a good crop of fall tomatoes

so no its not too hot to garden now

the organicgreen doctor

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