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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
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this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

country n news-kills em dead


along the fence in front of the house i have made a bed
that is about 100 ft long
i brought in good soil several years ago
to make this bed that is 3 ft wide
it serves two purposes
to hold several xeric native plants that i never water
nature does that for me
after planting i covered the bed with a thick cover of
austin wod recycling native hardwood mulch
the bed is edged with a long row of limestone that was left
here by the previous owner

as our property has a slight slant towards the river
the bed also acts as a barrier to slow down any water runoff
that may occur during our texas downpours
this is called rainwater harvesting using berms or swales

so besides catching 30,000 gallons in our rainwater tanks
we also catch it with these swales or berms
also between my beds in the garden i have dug deep trenches
filled it with mulch and leaves so they are almost 2 ft deep
i calculated this will hold about 500 gallons of water
which keeps the underground soil moist during the
hot summer in my garden

now this long bed has these plants in them
texas sage  greggs mistflower  flame acanthus  jerusulem sage
texas lantana  mexican oregano  fire bush  possumhaw holly
wild arugula  lady banksia rose  pride of barbados
spineless cactus with a scattering of bluebonnets and
engelmann daisy
all providing color and flowers sometime during the year
the bees butterflies and hummingbirds love them

one problem though
is weeds
in the spring a carpet like growth of winter weeds occur
even on top of all that mulch

no roundup is used
beside being bad for the property
it would also damage these xeric plants

i have tried in the past to pull them up
an almost two day event
last year i just kept them weedeated
they go away in the hot weather only to return next winter

so i went to my handy dandy organic weed killing concoction
that is not toxic to the environment
unless you are the one getting sprayed
spray it on yourself and you instantly feel it
feels like fireant bites
it easily washes off

sprayed it on the weeds all 100 feet
and it looks like the above picture

i sprayed once in hot sunny weather
it doesnt work as well in cloudy wet weather
in a few days they look all mostly dead
in a week or so i repeat the spraying to get those
who survived round one

now this weed killer does not kill the deep roots
but in these winter weeds that doesnt matter
they roots die and help provide some nutrition to the soil

the recipe
1 oz of orange oil
1 tsp of dish washing soap
1 gallon of 9 or 10% pickling white vinegar

this is added to a pump sprayer
no water is added

its then sprayed on the weeds

kills em dead

be sure and rinse out the pump sprayer well since all this stuff
can damage the sprayer if left inside

the organicgreen doctor

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