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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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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

sb country n garden news-fruta citrica

for years in texas i tried to grow citrus where we lived at the country n 40 miles north of austin texas
the winter temps sometimes would drop down to the mid teens
occasionally would be in the single digits
these temps are not compatible with growing fruta citrica

so i would get a citrus that would withstand mid twenties temps
put them in large pots
move them indoors to my small greenhouse with its heaters
move them out in the spring when things got warmer
my wife she would whine and complain when i would ask her to help me move them

even when i did all this they just didnt produce much fruit

when we moved to santa barbara i was amazed at all the citrus around here
just a few steps from our door is lemons and oranges
we could pick what we want

at the garden where i garden they have well over twenty citrus
many i dont even know what they are
but they sure taste good

i was determined to grow a citrus on my patio
i spent some time talking with the person that planted and cares for the citrus fruit at the communtiy garden
i did a google search also on how to grow them in pots

my favorite citrus is
the satsuma
i chose a dwarf satsuma tree that i got from a local nursery
i spent time talking to the workers there on what to do to grow these

a friend gave me a container she got off the street
i filled it with a high quality potting soil
remember put a $5 plant in a $50 hole rule
planted it

i thoroughly water it once a week
more when it gets hot
i placed it in the corner of our patio where it gets sun most of the day
each month i use this organic fertilizer with all its goodies
twice a month i water it with this fish emulsion seaweed mixture
i was greatly rewarded for the care i gave this plant over the last year
it has produced so far 20+ satsumas
when you pick them they just tear off the plant
they easily are peeled

i took one to ms b last night to see if she approves
she was busy playing with her bouncy ball
she wandered over
picked it up
ate all of it
she walked back over and said
can i have another one

sweetie i said
you can eat all 15 of them if you want
as i looked guiltily down at my feet
i ate the other 5 already

i approve them
my wife she approves them
the most important test is
ms b highly approves them

these are two reasons we moved here
to grow satsumas
to make ms b happy

the organicgreen doctor

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