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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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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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

sb country n news-squirrels 9 togd 15

Image result for organicgreendoctor school garden
at the school garden where i help the kids garden
the varmints were winning
big time
they ate all the peas not once but 3 times
they ate all the nice tender carrots as they emerged from the ground
they ate all the lettuce and spinach plants
they left the strawberry plants alone
they ate all the broccoli the kales the cilantro the swiss chard
the parsley
no they didnt eat the rosemary mint lemon balm sage garlic
the herbs seem to be winning the war
they ate all the veggies more than once

they were winning the war
i went all out to try to keep them out of the garden
i dug up every bed
replaced any missing wire barrier to the gophers
you can see their little tunnels through the wire
i guess if any roots pops through
they snag it
ill give them all those they want

as i wrote before
i made cages from pvc that fit each bed
covered it with 1/2 inch hardware cloth
attaching it with zip ties
latches were placed on each side to hold it in place
those dang squirrels actually lift up or dig under the frames
the latches worked

the hardware cloth kept out the little birds and the rest
of the varmint crew

those little birds they would crawl right through the chicken wire
using it as a perch to eat the veggies

the cages
are real light
are easily moved around
wont ever rot

so i replanted everything again
using plants and seedings to try to get it back to where the kids
planted theirs
which the varmints all consumed
not this time

so after over 3 weeks nothing has happened to the veggies
that were replanted

the kids all approved

squirrels 9 togd 15
a fellow alzheimers committee member gave us two
rainwater tanks and a large composter
i used my rainwater tank skills to convert the tanks to
usable collectors of water
adding three coats of paint
adding faucets
adding screening to the top holes to keep trash out
and water in

our next project is put in a 200+ gallon rainwater system
to water the school garden
the garden received a $300 grant to pay for it
we have 3 more tanks coming
i will put all them in a series to collect the rain off the
schools roof
then the composter
we had a compost party
adding sticks and branches
leaves lots of torn up fall leaves
lots of torn up newspapers and cardboard
lots of stuff removed from the garden area
like vines old plants weeds
you name it we chunked it in there
we added some pine cones
some plastic to show how it dont break down

i brought a couple of bags of compost from the community garden
we spread it out over the cardboard
they dug through it looking for things
roly  polys
they found them all
they was no squeamishness at all
there were a lot of dirty little hands
but with a lot of smiles on their faces

it makes it worthwhile

hopefully all this stimulates some of them to develop a love
for gardening
i hope so

it makes it all worth it

the organicgreen doctor

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