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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, November 17, 2022

garden news-only a gardener understands


this is a pano view of my garden
it is about 400 square feet
it is made up of 8 beds that are about 3x7 feet
there is a fence along the left side that i use to run beans peas malabar spinach or squash on
this winter i am not using the fence 
the bed below the fence is about 18 inches wide and 18 feet long
i have planted swiss chard lettuces spinach in this bed
i do a cut and come method in this bed trimming the plants for salads and cooking but leaving enough for the plant to regrow more veggies

this is a picture from the end of the summer crops 
the tomatoes peppers kale squash basil are all gone
recently i prepped the beds with compost and organic fertilizer and have replanted winter crops
curly kale
cauliflower romenesco broccoli and broccolini 
snap peas and sweet peas on a trellis
a 7 foot single row of garlic
soon about 60 onions and about 60 leeks
usually i sneak in other plants as the year progresses like radishes maybe carrots 

in about 6 weeks this garden will be full grown and little bare ground will be visible
we eat all of it ourselves

this week i saw a posting on 
you know you are a gardener if

1 if you consider well aged feces a good gift
manures are great fertilizer
we use some chicken manures and bat guano and steer manure in our garden

2 when you see someone cutting or trimming a tree you ask if you can have some
i usually ask can i have some of that for our composter
we have a chipper that trims the branches

3 you have taken peoples leaves or other trash to use for mulch
yes im real guilty of that
at the country n i use to get about 100 bags of leaves for my compost pile and to use at mulch

4 you have saved seeds or pits for use in your landscape
i dont save pits since sometimes they dont grow well
but yes i save seeds sometimes

5 you hoard yogurt containers water bottles and egg cartons
yes on egg cartons since we have chickens at our garden
the containers or bottles get recycled

6 you sometimes forget your to do list since the plants need staring at
i will say im going to go to the garden to water wink wink
i come back 3 hours later all sweaty and dirty from compost and garden soil
now i do have a to do list for the garden
it gets done though 

7 you think store bought tomatoes are disgusting
i told my wife she this the other day when i had to buy those awful store tomatoes

8 a sale at the nursery is better than a sale at a department store
absolutely true

9 when you meet someone who gardens you feel an immediate bond with them
absolutely true also

10 you woulnt be reading al; this if you werent a gardener

soon i will leave to go to the garden after the sun burst through our living room window to give me my dopamine surge
i will have a pale of food scraps egg cartons and my garden to do list with me

today i will be working with several volunteers in our main garden to prep several garden beds harvest veggies and herbs for donations harvest bananas from our banana grove harvest citrus from our orchard water plants pull weeds and more

i understand

the organicgreen doctor

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