welcome to the organic green doctor blog

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
please feel free to follow me along this path
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

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #104-its called subjective cogn...

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #104-its called subjective cogn...: MY STORY REVISITED #104-ITS CALLED SUBJECTIVE COGNITIVE DECLINE if you think you have a problem then you might just have a problem with your...

my story revisited #104-its called subjective cognitive decline

MY STORY REVISITED #104-ITS CALLED SUBJECTIVE COGNITIVE DECLINE

if you think you have a problem then you might just have a problem with your memory

dr daniel gibbs wrote in his book a tattoo on my brain how he had subjective cognitive issues
he had memory testing that was normal though but he went ahead and stopped practicing as a neurologist since he felt like he was at the beginning of the start of alzheimers disease

it turns out he was right after all
he has alzheimers disease and it now shows up on memory testing and his amyloid pet scans and his tau pet scans are all positive

it was only because he was superacutely aware of his memory issues that he was able to recognize he had a problem

his book is a  must read if you or your loved ones are in the alzheimers world now

he tells you what its like to have the disease early on 
he views it as a physician a researcher a family member and now as a patient
his story is similar to mine also

if you think you might have memory issues then get evaluated early on
then
consider finding a research study to volunteer in 

he did
i did
you should also

as you read the blog below note the video interview is no longer available

nowadays those with subjective memory issues would probably end up being prealzheimers or prodromal alzheimers
ie
normal memory testing with positive biomarkers for alzheimers like blood tests and pet scans and spinal fluid tests

there are several treatment studies starting or will be starting for these prealzheimers patients using drugs like my drug biogens aduhelm (aducanumab)

an aside here
i have a mri scan next week at ucla to make sure i dont have aria or microbrain bleeds
so far i have no symptoms
in 3 weeks i get my 5th infusion of aduhelm in the restart biogen adhuhelm clinical trial making a toal of 11 infusions of the real drug aduhelm and 18 infusions of placebo at the beginning 
_________
07-09-2013
I THINK THAT...
if you think that there is a problem
well maybe there is a problem

its called subjective cognitive decline
it may be the first clinical indicator of
alzheimers disease
ie
its the first sign of alzheimers disease

its the self reported perception of memory or
cognitive problems

at the alzheimers association international conference
in boston this week this was one of the topics discussed
with special interest to clinicians

if you can find ways to identify people early real early
get aggressive with treatment early maybe you can make
a difference in whether the disease progresses at all or
maybe make it less severe

right now you have aricept (donepezil) and namenda that can
be used initially or later on in the case of namenda
then
get aggressive with treatment of the blood pressure cholesterol
diabetes obesity sleep disturbances depression anxiety
and improve exercise diet and mental activity

this early subjective cognitive decline combined with new
testing with blood tests and amyvid pet scan allows for an
early diagnosis to be made
then
new treatments can be started early on these patients

also these patients can be used for some of the research studies
on new drugs that will probably work better if started early on
the disease

there are a lot of social and psychological factors to consider
of course in this early detection

the study im in the alzheimers disease neuroimaging initiative
has started a study of patients who have subjective cognitive
decline and are following them with the same tests that im having
done in the mild cognitive group

im glad to see this research on subjective cognitive decline
because if i didnt have some changes on my neuropsych exam
and spinal fluid protens i probably would be in that group

here is a link to a nbc story on alzheimers disease with
maria shriver and dr nancy snyderman
this video talks about why early detection to this patient is
important
click here to watch the video
__________
so
if you think it you may have it
get evaluated

read dr daniel gibbs book a tattoo on my brain to know what its like to have this disease early on before others notice it
so much of what i have experienced is in his book

get tested early on

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-will i get the third booster shot

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-will i get the third booster shot: COVID 19-WILL I GET THE THIRD BOOSTER SHOT there is only one answer for me thats yes i will qualify since i am over 65 years old since i am ...

covid 19-will i get the third booster shot

COVID 19-WILL I GET THE THIRD BOOSTER SHOT


there is only one answer for me
thats
yes

i will qualify since i am over 65 years old

since i am in the biogen aduhelm (aducanumab) study i have to time my immunization no matter which one 10 days after my infusions and 10 days before my infusion
i think its because aduhelm is a monoclonal antibody 
so
i have circled friday october 1st as the day i will get mine

i got the pfizer shot 2nd shot on march 6th of this year
so that will be at least 6 months after my last one

why am i getting it
one answer
mr hudson who is immunocompromised from his kidney transplant
i dont want to bring it to him

remember even if you are double vaxxed you can still transmit the virus to others
if you get sick your case may be milder

many dont even realize they are sick when they are contagious
thats what makes this virus so dangerous
it can be transmitted just 3 days after exposure
you may not even know you have it when you pass it to someone
thats what makes this so dangerous to the vulnerable folks

so i try to avoid high risk situations that could expose me to the virus
i always wear a mask outside the condo
i wear an n95 mask to protect myself better

my wife she and i are doing about 90% of the things we were doing before the pandemic
we are doing them safer
granted
we arent going to indoor restaurants concerts staying in hotels flying or traveling 
i have limited my volunteering to just the community garden

i plan to do this until i get triple vaxxed and this pandemic has waned a lot more than it appears it will in the next several months
expect another surge or bump to occur later this winter

if the kids get vaxxed and my wife she and i get triple vaxxed then we will be in good shape i think
until them
i aint changing what i do
weve come too far in the last 18 months+ to let our guard down now

also
the fda advisory committee recommended only vaxxing the over 65 year olds and the immunocompromised folks
im not sure how they define immunocompromised but that will include a lot of you
eventually moderna and johnson and johnson will get approved for the additional shots

then
the fda panel will vote on all of this
sometimes they dont agree with the fda advisory committee

then
the cdc reviews all of this and makes their recommendation
sometimes its the same and sometimes its slightly different than the fda panel

my guess it will be the same

eventually all of yall will be recommended to get a 3rd shot

i hope that they will better identify those immunocompromised persons 
eg
an obese male middle age with high blood pressure and diabetes is immunocompromised
there are also a lot of high risk folks with diseases that make them high risk
just read the stories of folks who are immunized against covid who get real sick
they have a lot of comorbidities

yesterday i was talking to a local nurse who works at the local hospital
now thats who folks should be talking to 
they see it every day

she was immunized against covid in december of 2020 
she is exposed everyday at work to covid patients
in my mind that makes her high risk
she should get the 3rd shot also now
she also told me of cases of long haul covid where theyre are in and out of the hospital multiple times over the last year

these nurses know
they are big covid vaccine advocates
they live this disease every day 

they should make some of these governors in the hard hit states walk through the covid units to see what their decisions do to people
well one of them will have to use his wheelchair to tour these dying covid patients

also
im getting my 3rd shot since i am older and im sure my immune system is not as good as it was years ago
i read of too many older folks catching this and getting gravely ill 
either dying or becoming a covid cripple
i dont want it to all end for me that way

i will wait to get my flu shot after my covid shot in my next 10 day window in later october
its ok to get the flu and covid shot together
i just didnt want to feel bad from the flu shot and the covid shot together

ao
hopefully in about 10 days i will be triple vaxxed
take that you covid virus

also
my wife she got the moderna vaccine
it will probably get approved in two weeks for a 3rd shot
it will likely be an half dosed one since its first two shots were higher doses than pfizers
thats why its working better and also why it probably had more side effects

also if you had the covid infection and didnt get any vaxxine 
you may or may not have good antibody protection from the virus
it is recommended you get vaxxed

talk to your medical provider about getting your 3rd vaxxine

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, September 20, 2021

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-will there be another peak

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-will there be another peak: COVID 19-WILL THERE BE ANOTHER PEAK   the answer to the question in the title of todays blog is maybe probably does it have to happen no wil...

covid 19-will there be another peak

COVID 19-WILL THERE BE ANOTHER PEAK 

the answer to the question in the title of todays blog
is
maybe
probably

does it have to happen
no

will it
yes

1 in 500 americans have died from covid
1 in 35 folks older than 85 died 
1 in 150 folks from 65-84 died
thats a lot of lost grandparents
554 kids died
1% of infected kids get admitted
0.01% of infected kids die
240,000 kids have been infected in the last couple of weeks
in total 660,000+ americans have died from covid
almost all unvaxxed
even today when the vaxxines are readily available

it doesnt have to be that way
but
sadly it is

in mississippi its 1 in 330 died from covid
in arkansas its 1 in 410
in texas its 1 in 490
in florida its 1 in 440
in california its 1 in 590
in vermont its 1 in 2100

how to prevent the peak
all wear masks whether masked or unmasked
more aggressive vaxxine mandates
vaxxine requirements for schools colleges medical care facilities etc
vaxxine requirements for participation in events plus wear a mask
vaxxing kids from 5-12 next month
vaxxing kids from 6 months to 5 the next month
avoiding large gatherings yes weddings etc

if thats done there will not be a winter peak
we may start to see the pandemic putter and slow down a lot so that things can really get back to almost normal again

sorry
i was daydreaming there for a minute
you know thats not going to happen
thats just asking too much of us americans

here is the link to the university of washington covid prediction model
its been pretty accurate
by december 31 its projected the death toll will reach 775,000+
the worst case would be 893,000+ deaths 

in my zip code 70+% are fully vaxxed
that number will climb a lot when the kiddos get vaxxed
when you go to a store here folks have masks on 100%
in a concert here last night you had to have a vax card to get in or a negative covid test
if you added a mask requirement to that then that event was fairly safe
not 100% though

our walk to end alzheimers is still scheduled to happen live in november here in santa barbara
i have chosen to not participate this year even though i usually speak for a few minutes each year
vaxxines are not required
masks may or not be required
they are recommended
thats not good enough for me
even though by that time i will be triple vaxxed
well
maybe next year ill do the walk
thats what i said last year
hopefully thats not what ill say next year

so for us here in santa barbara i foresee things improving in a few months
thankfully we live where things are being done to slow down this pandemic locally 
much better than in those places that are suffering right now
they sadly to say will continue to see things get worse 

there will be a slowing next month but things will go up again with thanksgiving christmas new years day and cold weather spreading this aggressive contagious delta variant

remember even if you are double vaxxed you can get covid
usually unless you are immunocompromised you may not get real sick
even if your are vaxxed you can still spread covid

your kids if they get covid probably wont get real sick but they can still spread covid

so
we may not peak here
but
sadly many of yall live where there will be another peak or surge

it doesnt have to be that way 
what more can i say

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, September 17, 2021

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-cholesterol and alzheimers disease

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-cholesterol and alzheimers disease: ALZHEIMERS NEWS-CHOLESTEROL AND ALZHEIMERS DISEASE in listing all the healthy things one can do to help slow down or aid in the prevention o...

alzheimers news-cholesterol and alzheimers disease

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-CHOLESTEROL AND ALZHEIMERS DISEASE

in listing all the healthy things one can do to help slow down or aid in the prevention of alzheimers disease along with things like controlling your blood pressure etc is controlling your cholesterol

when you get your lipid profile done
you get these numbers
total cholesterol
triglycerides
hdl cholesterol called the good cholesterol
ldl cholesterol called the bad cholesterol

usually you like to have the ldl cholesterol less than 100 when it comes to preventing heart disease and stroke and probably alzhiemers disease

as i have told folks 
if you are going to have to take cholesterol meds then get the ldl below 100

my original ldl cholesterol done when i was about 40 was well over 250
now after watching my diet and taking atorvastatin or lipitor it is less than 100

so i am helping to prevent heart disease and stroke and now probably alzheimers disease progression

what if i had really controlled my cholesterol like it is now for 71 years instead of just 30 years
would it make a difference

well
maybe

in this article from the university of virginia researchers say that cholesterol drives the formation of amyloid plaques

remember
in alzheimers disease
amyloid plaques form first
then tau proteins unwind and form tangles
then neuroinflammation starts up
all three lead to brain cell death
ie
alzheimers disease

they found that cholesterol produced in astrocytes in the brain use it to make amyloid plaques
these plaques deposited in the brain kill brain cells
thus starting the cascade of events that leads to alzheimers disease
ie amyloid plaques then tau tangles then neuroinflammation

these astrocytes cells make cholesterol then carry it to the brain cells or nerve cells or neurons where they are deposited
normally the amount of cholesterol deposited is kept low but in some cases too much cholesterol is deposited leaving amyloid plaques
thus killing brain cells

in mice studies they blocked this amyloid production by the astrocytes to slow down the production of the amyloid plaques

one treatment may be to used will be a medicine to block this overproduction of amyloid by the astrocytes to prevent the over deposition of the amyloid in the brain cells thus preventing amyloid plaque

in the meantime
ill keep following the research
ill keep my ldl cholesterol less than 100

remember whats good for the heart is good for the brain

the organicgreen doctor



Wednesday, September 15, 2021

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #103-yes i think we are almost ...

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #103-yes i think we are almost ...: MY STORY REVISITED #103-YES I THINK WE ARE ALMOST THERE about 8 years ago i asked that question  are we there yet my answer then was no we a...

my story revisited #103-yes i think we are almost there

MY STORY REVISITED #103-YES I THINK WE ARE ALMOST THERE

about 8 years ago i asked that question 
are we there yet

my answer then was
no we are not there yet

however my answer today is
yes i think we are almost there

the treatment study mentioned below using the what i called the alzheimers vaccine was actually the monoclonal antibody that i am receiving now in the biogen aducanumab study at ucla

in fact yesterday i got my 4th dose of aduhelm (aducanumab) in the study restarted a few months ago
i have received 18 placebo infusions and 7 real infusions in the previous study that the pandemic stopped

i will get about 18 more monthly infusions in this restarted study then i will continue them after that if the study is extended or i will continue them in the private world
so
if this aduhelm works then we are there almost
__________
07-12-2013

ARE WE THERE YET

as many of you know i am in an alzheimers research study
at the university of texas southwestern alzheimers research
center
in this study i receive a lot of testing
some not available yet to the general public
some that are available but not readily available to the
general public
i dont get to see the results of the tests but when i take
the neuropsychological test i know how im doing when i
take the test

but
there is no treatment part to the study
just monitoring
this all helps progress the knowledge base of what happens
in alzheimers disease as it progresses
but
nothing is offered or really available to slow it down except
for managing my health and taking aricept (donepezil) to slow
down any symptoms

but
im at the point where i know that i have a window of time
maybe 5 years maybe 10 years or
maybe im too late already

as this disease starts years before any symptoms start
so that the time to attack this disease eg in me would have been
20 years ago when i first moved to texas in 1989

so im monitoring new developments and i keep a close eye
on new possible treatments

here are a few


the alzheimers vaccine
they give you a vaccine that ends up inducing antibodies that
attack the beta amyloid in the brain by binding it up and preventing
it from accumulating or binds it and removes it from the brain

it seems the time to do this is years before symptoms start

a new study will be doing that
it appears that i may qualify for this study later this year
if so i will get a beta amyloid pet scan of the brain called amyvid
and if its positive i will either get the vaccine for 3 years or get
a placebo
i plan on doing this study if nothing else shows up

if im in the treatment group i will get the vaccine for 3 years
if it helps ive benefited from the treatment
ill take what i can get
if im in the placebo then im not worse than i am now
since im on nothing already

keeping my fingers crossed on this one


several anitcancer drugs some new ones and at least one old generic
anticancer drug are starting or are in studies now
the bexarotene study is starting soon
its an old one that is available now since its fda approved already
there are reports that some people are already taking it by getting
a prescription from their doctors

my thoughts on this
is whattheheck
there is nothing to lose by taking it
the end result of doing nothing is not a good one

my problem with the bexarotene study is that im not far advanced
enough to qualify for the studies

another new drug is an enzyme that was discovered in a group of
people in iceland that do not get alzheimers disease
this enzyme inhibits the production of beta amyloid
thought to be the culprit in alzheimers disease

i hope to qualify for this study when it gets started
 
there is a study thats starting where a drug is given that prevents
the destruction of tau protein that occurs in alzheimers disease
ive applied for this study and again im not far enough
advanced to qualify

this all seems cruel somehow
they are treating people in some of these studies who may not
benefit as much even though they are early in the disease
since the treatment may turn out to work better if you start it
before the symptoms occur

so are we there yet
no
but we are getting closer to treatments that will work
maybe not for my generation but for the generations behind me
my kids my future grandkids my nieces and nephews
__________
those anticancer drugs didnt show in these studies to work very well

we have made progress though in new drugs that are being studied now

we i think in the near future will be giving people who have alzheimers with no symptoms known as prealzheimers or prodromal alzheimers infusions or injections of an antiamyloid drug like my aduhelm  and an antitau drug plus a drug that finds neuroinflammation in the brain 

in fact if i could take the antitau drug and the neuroinflammation drug that are in clinical trials right now
i would do it in a minute for sure

those drugs are here now being evaluated or about to be evaluated soon
such
that 
in 10 years that trifecta treatment may be out of the research world and into the private practice world

so
answering my question again 
my answer to the question
are we there yet
i can say 
yes
well almost yes

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

organicgreendoctor: controlling cow toots

organicgreendoctor: controlling cow toots: CONTROLLING COW TOOTS an article from the conversation via yahoo i have been around cows a lot in my lifetime once i worked as a lab assista...

controlling cow toots

CONTROLLING COW TOOTS

an article from the conversation via yahoo

i have been around cows a lot in my lifetime
once i worked as a lab assistant at the animal science department
we had to collect stool or poop samples from cattle to test for parasites
you know like the ones that ivermectin is used on 
i even grew the worms in the lab

i dont remember hearing a cow toot though
maybe they just belched a lot

when they do toot or belch what they are belching or tooting is methane
thats why those methane toots will flame out a burning match
thats a teenage male thing thats actually dangerous to do

why is all that methane being passed into the air so bad
it leads to lot of this greenhouse gas being belched or tooted into the air that is contributing to climate change

many cattle are fed in big ole feedlots that smell so bad
just drive by some in west texas 
then
you will understand

the diet the animals are fed make a difference in how much methane is produced
like in humans
beans and other legumes tend to make one produce a lot of methane toots
they even make stuff called beano that supposedly cuts down on the amount of toots produced in humans

not sure how well that works though 
just saying

in the article linked here and above under the photo researchers write about a possible way to cut down on the amount of methane being produced by cattle

it seems so simple
i might even put some in my next pot of beans

here is a youtube video linked in the article on cow burps


basically they fed cows seaweed
it reduced the amount of methane produced
the cows made much less harmful and should i say less smelly gas
which is much more earth friendly
the seaweed amount was adjusted to not affect milk production and meat taste

what a simple solution to our cow methane problem

i wonder if it will work in humans
so
ive decided i will sprinkle some seaweed in my next pot of beans to see if this works in humans
i will report back 
well 
i should say my wife she will report back the results

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, September 13, 2021

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-vaxxine requirements

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-vaxxine requirements: COVID 19-VAXXINE REQUIREMENTS here are the required vaxxines for the state of texas for schools no not if you want to take them they are req...

covid 19-vaxxine requirements

COVID 19-VAXXINE REQUIREMENTS

here are the required vaxxines for the state of texas for schools
no not if you want to take them
they are required
its pretty much the same for all states 
some require a few more

here they are

dtap or diphtheria tetanus pertussis
hflu or hib
polio or ipv
hepatitis b
hepatitis a
meningococcus
varicella

not required in texas but should be are
pneumococcal or pcv
hpv
rotavirus
and
the worst one of all so far in my lifetime
covid 19
640,000+ deaths so far

as my medical career progressed and more vaxxines were availalble and required i saw less and less and less of these preventable by vaxxine infections

in my medical career and in my lifetime i have seen folks die from tetanus hepatitis b meningococcus pneumococcus rotavirus h flu and the flu now preventable by vaxxine requirements
sadly most of them were children

i saw one case of tetanus and that was in the morgue
and 
of course the worst one of  all so far in my lifetime 
covid 19
640,000+ deaths so far

there are two vaccines that can prevent cancer
hpv can prevent cervical cancer and oropharyngeal cancer
hepatitis b can lead to liver cancer and liver failure

i saw kids die from pneumococcus from rotavirus from hflu or hib from the flu from meningococcus
and from hepatitis b
and
of course
the worse one of all in my lifetime
covid 19
640,000+deaths so far

in my career i never saw a case of measles or rubella or polio or small pox or diphtheria
why
because of vaxxine requirements

so if those who oppose these vaxxine requirements for covid 19
which is the deadliest infection we will see in our lifetime
does that mean they oppose these vaxxine requirements above already in place in all the states

if you oppose one you have to oppose the others

so why chose the most deadliest one to oppose

maybe pick one not as deadly

covid 19 is the one thats killing 1500 a day or around 10500 a week or 40,000+ a month in the us

remember that almost all of the 640,000+ that have died so far 
were unvaxxed

i repeat they were unvaxxed

so
why wouldnt you add covid 19 to the list

i cant really think of a good sane reason 

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, September 10, 2021

organicgreendoctor: allzheimers news-where am i at

organicgreendoctor: allzheimers news-where am i at: ALZHEIMERS NEWS-WHERE AM I AT when i go back in time and read my old blogs its like reading my diary well this blog is my diary sort of some...

allzheimers news-where am i at

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-WHERE AM I AT

when i go back in time and read my old blogs its like reading my diary
well this blog is my diary sort of
sometimes i like to stop and access where i am at
physically emotionally mentally 

my motto now is take one day at a time
i try to do the things each day that i enjoy doing
i try to avoid conflict in my life
you can make me mad but you really have to work hard to do that

i dont usually sweat the small stuff
much of the small stuff doesnt matters much 
mostly what matters is the family

i do worry when will the alzheimers will take off
from my reading on my situation that when it does take off it will go fast
since
i am sort of delaying the inevitable slowing things down by
all the healthy things i do 
with taking the aricept (donepezil) so early in the disease
and now taking the monthly infusions of aduhelm (aducanumab)

when this drop off the cliff will occur i dont know when
when it does it will be fast

i just know i want things to be ready when it happens

i do want to stay around longer mentally as long as i can so i can enjoy my family my grandkids as long as possible
i want to see ms b graduate from high school but being realistic i know thats probably not going to happen
even if im alive i know that statistically i wont be there mentally to realize whats going on 
so i enjoy each encounter with her each week as well as with mr hudson and mr n

i dont ever let any of this get me down
i dont feel sorry for myself or feel sad or dont cry about it all 
i just go for it everyday thinking each day could be my last

i do worry about mr hudson as he will have a lot of ups and downs in his life as he ages
i wish i would be around to be there for him when he needs support
mr hudson i want you to know that i will always be there in spirit always

mr n i really dont worry about you
you will do well
i just wish i could see you grow up

im sure all grandparents think of these things but it seems i think more about it since i know what my decline will be like and what it will be from and that it will happen fast

i have outlived siblings and parents and friends and family i didnt expect to outlive
i am thankful for the opportunity to still be here physically and cognitively

i feel better physically than i have felt in a while
sometimes it makes me wonder if i really have anything wrong
but
you know science dont lie

i know that if i could see my amyloid scans and my tau scans i could see the progress of my disease over the last 10 years and i could also predict where my next symptoms will appear based on where the disease is in my brain
if my scans were done outside of the research studies then i could see them
so
far now
in the meantime
i will have to just wonder where i am at

the memory tests i do give me an idea where i am at
subtle memory issues may also give me a hint
you become hyperacute to any memory issues like forgetting a name or misplacing things or forgetting where you put something 

is it just normal aging or is it time

the other thing i worry about is 
making that transition to long term care
i realize that i wont make that decision 
it will be left to my family 

i do try to let them know my wishes now so i can be part of the decision  making process

i do want to move on to a facility when its time
i do not want to be where i am a burden to my wife she and family emotionally and physically 
when its time move me to the next level
dont blink an eye
you can be dang sure thats what i want done

also take care of yourself first then me

so
thats where i am at
today
september 10 2021

here is
hoping i can read this and write about it in another 10 years at home on my laptop
and
if not
then
its been a good journey so far

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, September 9, 2021

organicgreendoctor: garden news-the season is winding down

organicgreendoctor: garden news-the season is winding down: GARDEN NEWS-THE SEASON IS WINDING DOWN this is the last of my tomatoes as shown above in the blue container also in there is some tomatillos...

garden news-the season is winding down

GARDEN NEWS-THE SEASON IS WINDING DOWN

this is the last of my tomatoes as shown above in the blue container
also in there is some tomatillos from the main garden
there are also a few of my zucchini squash and some tam (texas am) mild jalapeno peppers and some bell peppers and some sweet banana peppers

i only had about half the production for my tomatoes this year
some of the decreased production was because we have had such a mild summer
or 
should i say perfect summer weather if you arent a gardener except for some morning fog that burns off usually by mid morning
this mild weather and fog affects the tomato crop
even with that i still had a good tomato season 
we froze a lot of tomatoes for later use
we ate a ton of them
we gave a lot of them away
also
this year i planted my tomatoes in gopher cages using hardware cloth
when i removed two of my tomatoes i noticed the roots were stunted some as they grew through the tight fit of he hardware cloth
when that bed is cleared of summer crops i plan to lay down gopher wire down about a foot deep and bring it up on the sides of the bed to the surface
i will make sort of a gopher wire box and fill it back up with the garden soil
take that you gophers
it is buried down about one feet

in the bag is curly leaf kale that i planted last winter
it will usually grow two seasons here
we have eaten tons of it in salads and in all my beans and soups
i have donated a lot to the community garden to be donated to food kitchens etc
i also have given kale to my sons great dane who loves to eat the stems after the leaves are stripped off
in texas i couldnt grow kale as well in the winter and summer as it would get too cold or too hot

i replanted another zucchini so i have a second summer crop 
i should have zucchini until the mid to late fall

in the bottom of that blue container is some japanese eggplant
they havent been as productive as last year due to the cooler weather and morning fog
if we warm up some for september and october i might get more of them
last year the eggplants like the tomatoes did well here

my banana peppers and jalapeno peppers and bell peppers have been quite productive
we have eaten a lot of them and have frozen bags of the jalapeno peppers and bell peppers to use later in soups and beans and cooking

my malibar spinach is growing like crazy 
we have been eating a lot in our salads
we use the smaller leaves mixed with other greens
the larger leaves are used in spinach casseroles and my wife shes sag paneer recipe

i have  my second crop of green beans producing now
if we have good weather for awhile they should remain productive

i have removed half of my tomatoes so far
i left a sungold and a t tomato and an early girl i planted late
they are blooming and might produce some tomatoes if the weather warms up 

if not i will clear them out
then
place the gopher wire mentioned above
add a 4 inch layer of worm compost i make myself in the garden 
add some organic fertilizer
add some liquid fish emulsion plus seaweed plus molasses to activate the soil germs
then i fork it all in with the garden fork
then i cover it with mulch and let it sit until i plant my fall crops

also adding to my salads are leaves of amaranth and purslane and walking stick kale or collard tree

the seeds for cabbage and kale and sweet peas and broccoli and cauliflower and lettuce and beets are now growing in our greenhouse

i will transplant some into my garden for my winter crops

my garden is one of my happy places

the organicgreen doctor