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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
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Thursday, August 4, 2022

garden news-producing produce


this week at the end of my volunteering day at our community garden i went into my garden plot and did some harvesting
in my plot i harvested a few green beans several eggplants a few sweet banana peppers a small bell pepper several different tomatoes a few jalapenos called tam or texas am which are mild jalapenos that are usually mild but sometimes a hot one will come through and a few zucchini squashes

as the weather warms up here the peppers will take off and even produce more
i have done a second planting of zucchini and of green beans

i also have a 20 ft row of christmas lima beans that should be ready in a  couple of months
i let them dry on the vine then harvest and shell them

then i harvested in my garden for my salads some malabar spinach red amaranth leaves arugula pursaline basil a few green onions from my multiplying onion crop that is coming back early this year swiss chard curly leaf kale russian kale and chicory
i also harvested from the main garden a few small tender leaves of the walking stick kale or collard tree for our salad

 i went over to the chicken coop where the 6 new chickens thanks to mr hudson and ms b who donated to us and are busy producing an egg a day per chicken
this day i took 5 for my personal use
the chickens slowed down their production for a few days after they were moved into our garden but have now gotten accustomed to the community garden and are at full production
we all love fresh eggs
they rarely eat their chicken feed since they have access to so much produce

our new garden manager is from the south and she and i have planted a row of purple hull peas and a half row of okra
this day i harvested a handful of peas and a few okra
i shell the peas and freeze them and when i get a mess then i will cook them up using my crock pot recipe
the okra i started eating raw in salads or in a rice dish 
i usually eat them as fried okra or in stews or soups or pickle them

as the weather warms up here some over the next 3 months the okra will start to really produce more pods
then we will probably start donating them to the food kitchens shelters etc

sorry the peas will be for the southerners in our volunteer group
the non southerners dont seem to appreciate purple hull peas or blackeyed peas like we do

then i wandered by our passionfruit vine and picked up a few that had fallen onto the ground
i dont eat them but my wife she does in her yogurt or in drinking water

each volunteer day i am bringing these veggies home for us to use

much more produce is being donated to the shelters and food kitchens right now like
malabar spinach swiss chard lettuce kale basil beans tomatoes squash eggplant peppers like bell jalapenos and poblano 

then i went back into my garden and in the corner of my eye i saw this red showing through all the green tomato leaves of my big boy tomato tomato
found this big boy tomato the size of a women's softball

we plan to use it as a slicer tomato for our impossible burger tonight
im sure it will hang over the side of the hamburger bun

my wife she also plans to use its sibling on a tomato avocado sandwich

its all worth the effort 

the organicgreen doctor

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