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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
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

country n news-produce report


back in early november
i got my bag of garlic bulbs i had saved from
harvesting my garlic last year at this time
its all organic
i added in a few bulbs i bought from the organic nursery
the natural gardener
just to keep more diversity in my crop

i planted around 90 bulbs in this bed
just a few weeks ago this is what the bed looked like
from past experiences i know when its time to pick them
its when the outer leaves start to turn brown

the first time i planted them here
i had read that i needed to wait until they sent up
that seedling head
i waited and waited for that head to form but it never did
so i got bulbs that were gnarly and not formed well
and had multiple small bulblets that had formed
these were not very useful

i also read that you need to let the soil dry out some
right before you harvest them
not going to happen this year with all our rain
i pulled a few a few weeks ago
they werent quite big enough

this last week i pulled several more
many of them had good bulbs that look like they
will be good ones
when they dry out
so i pulled all of them
most looked good
put them in my small greenhouse to dry out
when the stalks get all dried out
i will tie them together and hang them in the
cutting off a bulb whenever its needed

last year i just cut the bulbs off
put them in a bag
hung it in the kitchen closet
they did ok in there
it did smell garlicky though
a smell i like
this year our peach crop either got damaged by the
late freeze here this spring
we didnt get enough freeze hours all winter
to stimulate bloom and peach production
whatever the reason
we only have peaches on one of our 7 trees
contrasting that
to so many peaches last year we couldnt keep them
all picked
the chickens ended up eating a lot of them last year
not this year
the pickings are slim

our plums which last year over produced
this year the pickings are real slim
i bet we dont even get a gallon of them this year

the trials and tribulations of farming
glad i do this for fun
not to make a living

i guess the old farmers went hungry sometimes

in mid january i planted my onion plants shown here
they are all 1015 onions
my favorite
they dont burn my eyes when i cut them
they taste almost sweet

i will pick them soon
i wait until the leaves or whatever you call the green things
fall over

we are at the tail end of our asparagus crop which started
producing in february
our tomatoes are slowly producing
my peppers seems to be stalled out
hopefully they will pick up growth soon
the beans and squash and cucumbers and okra and malabar spinach
black eyed peas egg plant basil are starting to grow now

our potatoes are getting close to digging up
we eat an occasional new potato
we will harvest all of them when the vines start to die back
when i decide i want them to eat

we are looking for a bountiful harvest this late spring and summer

and how is your garden growing

this is an antelope antler milkweed
i didnt know what they were until last year
they are are host plants for butterflies
so now i let them grow in my yard and pastures
this year i hope to harvest the seeds and spread them around my property
dont kill this weed
its needed to save the butterflies

the organicgreen doctor

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