Timeless Tips to Focusing on Gardening

Little Slow Back Garden

I am going to do a post later about taking your mind off gardening, but for now I will focus on gardening. That is to focus on gardening it self. Because so many people seem to be distracted by everyday life and don’t find the time to do gardening. Especially when in the slow way of things, time tends to be consumed rather a lot. So several people have asked me, about how I manage to find all the time for it. And the answer is pretty simple.. I don’t. Which is often quite a releafe to others, knowing that I am in the same timeless situation as everyone else.

What that means, is that the only way to find the time to do this.. is to forget about time. There is no other way around it. As soon as you look at the watch, you fill fail because it will make you distracted and hurry on to other things in your life. That’s why you need to make a time when you forget about time alltogether. The key I guess is as simple as not caring about how much that time lasts.. do you understand?

What I mean is.. that it doens’t matter if you garden five or fifty minutes per day. Any time is enough and since you are not looking at the watch. You can focus on gardening undependent on any limit of time. When you need to do something else do it.. the magic of plants is that they live in nature by themselves. Being overly obsessive about caring for plants is the biggest mistake you can make.

Natural way is best for nature and the peace of mind. That’s my tip to focusing on your garden! Hope it helped to answer your questions guys.

See you next time,
Pete U.

Economics of Going Natural

Money Tree

I wanted to take this opportunity to make it clear, that slow gardening is far from anything commercial. Which is a movement that I have inreasingly seen on the game board of anything that’s “eco”. It’s really a pitty to see those who protect or not protect the environment devided into the rich, and the poor. This is only pseudo-naturalism and overall has negative consequences that are just as bad. The more the gap devides, the more it becomes a question of survival. While the rich feed of the poor, one is supposedly suppose to succeed monewise inorder to protect themselves. Gardening of just about anything from food to flowers in especial has this profound importance in the cycle of life.

But no matter how gloomy things might seem from the big picture, there are a lot of people who are waking up. Especially those who can afford it and later realise that maybe their effect on this world is not as positive as they would have hoped for. Living in balance with nature, brings happiness to life and ones surroundings. Staying locked in your castle of richness is not a satisfying life unless of course, you keep on growing your fortune more and more. This if of course what the millionares are doing, they are sick people. Addicted to a dose of money which is never enough.

This is the reason why we should not devide different levels of income, we should devide economics from our earths resources. This of course, is a battle that those who hold the power will fight until the last drop to protect. Luckily enough, they are the vast minority and already loosers at such. We need a healthier planet in so many ways, while slow gardening is one.. it is a drop in the ocean which btw. vibrates for all drops. Dribble and we are already half way there.

Let’s garden and remember what’s important to us, the beautiful life of travel. Not everyone is bad or evil, while it may seem so. I learned that in the most unlikely of places, in China where everyone seemed just corrupt and greedy. It was far from truth and if there is hope, hope is everywhere. We have to believe in it, or it will be a huge battle for the survival of the human kind. Economics will be the last thing on peoples mind then. Naturally.

Xian Show & Beautiful Xian Botanical Garden

I’m proud to present to you some beautiful pictures I took at the Xian Botanical Garden. Which is by far one of the most impressive gardens I have seen with flowers and all. Yes, this huge garden that covers an area of 20 hectars or approximately 49 acres is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. And amongst the first eight that were built in the whole of China to please the emperor of those times. I am presenting to you some pictures, but I have to say that the 3,500 or more plants that are presented here are more than plenty to take photographs of. That’s why I have only settled on presenting to you a handful, to see some of the highlights that I personally liked. Also another little restriction was, that I only had one whole day to observe it. For those who want to really get deep into the world of flowers, I would recommend a much longer stay.

At Xian

Despite this time restriction, I was able to witness one of the most brilliant displays and assortments of flowers I had seen in my life. The diversity is simply mind boggling. My favorite kinds were the medical plants as well as the aromatic plant garden. I like to think about the different uses for different plants, be it medicine, aroma or insense. China is surely one of the experts in this field, of which Xian is the oldest city for having such deep culture.

At Xian

Of course, no garden is complete with a panda to decorate the garden. Such as this one in the picture. Also, this is absolutely my favorite flowers or at least one of them.. the “Big Wild Goose Pagoda” which does not fail to show it’s beauty and impress everyone!

At Xian

Also one impressive display was that of the tree-peony. It is the Chinese national flower, however there are over 200 categories of it. Incredibly all of which are on show here! There is also an exhibition that explains the history in very detail. Highly recommended!

At Xian

And no trip is complete, without some entertainment. For which Xian is famous for it’s traditions in performing arts. The Tang Dynasty which is when the city of Xian was built, is the name of the show that displays beauty of acting as beautiful as the flowers. Along with a live traditional Chinese orchestra. It really made my day and in the end the night as well, more perfect than I could ever hoped for. The Tang Dynasty Palace is also an extremely beautiful old building, so in itself it is worth to go to see it as well. The magical show was enjoyed by me and my colleagues and we will never forget it!

Best regards,

Pete Underwood

The Meditative Power of Gardening

Meditative Rocks

Slow gardening, is a lot about medidative gardening. When you see an old man in the field, doing hard labor.. or an old man in a beautiful garden, doing lots of careful work. Either way.. have you ever though about what goes on in their hands.

I think I got the answer.. nothing!

This I know from experience. Because it’s one of the things I most love about the art.. is that it clears your head and stops your thinking. Makes you relaxed and feel at peace. There is a magical power with plants.. They don’t demand anything from you, they just go on with their lives.. with what they have. To garden is not just to watch that, but to witness that.

You have a distance with the plant.. yet you feel one with it and see it live it’s life. Meditation works in the same way. Because they don’t tell you what to do, it’s so easy to learn from them. And to forget. That’s why it’s important to go slow.. so you start to understand and you don’t forget.

Peace to my brothers in the wide world. It’s time to start planting seeds again!


Pete Underwood

Back in Beijing, Back in Plant and Kung Fu Show Life

Well, I could not hold much longer. When I go to visit places such as Beijing, I become affectionate with them and it’s hard to leave it at just one visit. China is really the country of opportunities, and my life in the states has become increasingly harder to get into grips with, when it comes to managing my life there. Everything seems so easy and flexible in the mainland if you have some knowledge and skills to share with these kind people.

I’ve have been temporarily recruited in garden design and management, which is a great pleasure to be welcomed in a country where gardening already has it’s long roots with many professionals around. My personality is to show sympathy towards local culture as I sincerely do want to learn foreign countries as deeply and profoundly as possible. A mission that even many locals seem to forget nowadays. In this way I have gained much respect amongst these people whom I have received as dear friends and colleagues.

As usual, I caught up on some local expertise, this time the Red Theatre Kung Fu Show was another Beijing production that blew my mind. Tender was not the word that crossed my mind when I went there but incredibly this was one element that was intertwined into the spectacle. As a heterosexual but tender flower loving person, I did appreciate the tenderness that was shown amongst a story full of aggressive moments and action. Such a dance of balancing the two creates a somewhat realistic feature of what is the true story of Kung Fu. I would definitely go and see the show again as the Red Theatre captivated my mind pretty well.

Nature is definitely at close proximity here, the bald skillful men showing their martial art skills, the monk style, takes some guts to perform in such an exquisite manner. One disconnected with nature and plant life would not be able to make such a performance. I’m sure about that!

Home Vegetable Gardens Bring Happiness, Energy, Alimentation and a Pleasant Hobby

Vegetable Garden

At home gardens you can grow vegetables, root vegetables, fruits and berries. It’s advised to take your resources and time available into account when planning the size of your garden. If you are after a good yield, that takes a lot of effort but as we have a tendency to here at slow garden, a small yield will bring you enough to nourish your mind.

Besides nourishment and exercise, the garden will bring food for the eyes for you as well as your neighbors. Let’s say a 10 square root garden could bring plenty of joy to the whole family. The light needed by plants is different, therefore give more room for those that need more light for a successful plantation.

An important division between plants is those that are easy to grow and those that are more challenging. Fruits and different berry bushes are much easier than having a garden plot. Just the trick is that you need to cut the plants in April or before the spring comes.

More time consuming hobby is a garden plot, which you should sow, trim, water and weed. Then in the end you have to collect the harvest. Herbs are a popular “easy grow” that have less watering and trimming needed. Other easy to grow vegetables are radishes, onions, peas, zucchini and lettuce.

Gardening Cheap is Good

No need was your money on a huge garden. Slow gardening is all about cheap gardening and efficiency. Here is some advice for cheap garden startups.
Plant your own vegetables. You can purchase seeds for most vegetables from shops very cheaply.

Change the location of your grows. Different plants use different nutrients from the soil. If you change the location every year, you will get bigger and healthier plants.

Make use of rain water. It is useless to give tap water to plants. You can easily collect rain water into a big container and water the plants with it when needed.

You can get excellent grows by using the seeds from the fruit you eat. For example avocados and mangos are easy to grow.


The Joys of Gardening

What could be more rewarding hobby than gardening. It takes not only time and patience, but ability to relax and enjoy the natural growth of the world in it’s own time. It grows one ability to care for the nature and each other as people.

Planning is a great task in gardening, which is an on-going one. This makes it all so exiting to just think about all the possibilities and figure out how to complete the task at hand.

In fact even the most well prepared garden, requires constant attention. This however doesn’t need to be hard work, however the hardest work will always be the initial construction of the setup.

All this of course promotes health for both body and the mind. All the cutting, digging and grabbing makes you exercise in natural and regular doses. Making it a perfectly good substitute for a gym workout or even a better alternative.

Types of gardeners are many and ages too. One can choose a suitable level for themselves, be it a small herb garden, or a bigger project requiring digging and mowing it all promotes well being!

It is even better enjoyed together, especially with kids who can have tremendous fun gardening. To watch something grow from a seed to a full grown plant, is not only magical to children but adults as well.

So let us enjoy, sloow gardening for a healthier and better life!