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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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Thursday, August 6, 2015

country n news-where the buffalo roam

back before there were white men in texas
only american indians
the buffalo roamed this area
coming through by the millions
what they ate were native american grasses
part of the great prairie which has mostly been
destroyed or removed or overused
so that only about 10% remain

native grasses are not st augustine bermuda zoysia
those are invasives
introduced here so we could use all our water
trying to keep them green

whilst the native grasses
they stay green if it rains
if not
they go dormant
which means they turn brown
the rains come then they pop back
nice and green
their roots go down into the ground
15 ft where the moisture is

the invasive grasses we put in our yards dont
do that
they will usually die around here if not watered
and watered and watered

so with that in mind
i have this space about 400 square foot in diameter
that is outside our kitchen windows
i cut down a chinese tallow an invasive tree from
its namesake that was planted by the previous owner
whats left is now a blank slate

so i decided to paint a native landscape
with a native american grass mixture called
midway mix
which i obtained from the native american seed company
at their website www.seedsource.com

it contains 16 different native grass seeds that dont grow too high
buffalo sideoats grama bue grama green sprankletop curley mesquite...
i plan to just let them grow and grow
harvesting the seeds each year
planting them elsewhere
these grasses will never be watered fertilized mowed or weedeated
my type of grass
i scraped off all the grass and weeds growing there
raked the ground well with a rake several times
removing all the growth and debris
all this stuff removed will go to my compost pile
in the country n chicken run
they will dig through it
pick out all the seeds
shred whats left to smithereens
leaving me with the best compost ever made
then i used a seed spreader to distribute the seeds at
a much much thicker rate than recommended
so i will get a thicker grass
then i raked and raked the seeds to spread them more
and to cover them with some dirt
then i walked and walked and walked over them
to compress them into the ground
then i watered them for 30 minutes
which ill do twice a day for awhile until the seeds sprout
and the seedlings are bigger
(since my rainwater tanks are all full i decided this is a good
time to sacrifice and use some of my precious rainwater)
i wont ever water them again once they are established

seems easy
makes sense
the native american way to grow grass

now for the buffalo...

the organicgreen doctor

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