Radiation Knowledge & Documentaries Uniting Hands — 311docu

Sakura Tree Blooming in Fukushima

The message I want to say is, that let’s garden a bright future for Japan and make their live more safe. Having traveled there many times not just for promoting slow gardening but also for friends and fun. I just know, that it’s a country that deserves more attention on their struggle of the radiation issue. Not just because these people are so fantastic, but because their problem is not that theirs. The situation with the safety of nuclear power plants and that ever increasing level of radiation on our planet is global. it is effecting all of us, which is something we just tend to forget because Japan feels like it’s something far away. Well, this is far from the truth of course because the winds of this world are shared by all. What one country does, will be carried over wind to another country and ultimately everything is shared with everyone. A global mindset is not beneficial in terms of economics, but in terms of the air we all breath.

I have heard of rumours, about a fantastic project that is taking a step closer and bridging the gap between knowledge about nuclear problems. Of course there has been several documentaries, some more and some less great about the incident in Fukushima. To bring these documentaries to light there is an upcoming project that you may watch for at 311docu.com, the homepage of this ambitious task. The idea is to make objective reviews about the films that have been created. So that people who are interested in knowing more but not willing to read a book, can choose for themselves. Choosing a film to watch based on objective truth can have a much more quicker path to an understanding that actually has a positive, insightful impact on us. Ultimately it will united our hands thanks to the knowledge absorbed!

At least I think that the 311docu project is a wonderful one. Now tremendously looking forward for the project to see light of day. Another fact that needs to be covered more in detail is the effect of radiation to gardening, soil and plants in general. It is one of the first negative signs that we can see in light of such a disaster as the one in Fukushima. When radiation such as radioactive caesium enters the soil, it doesn’t simply stay there. Instead it enters a whole circle of life, that can contaminate our water supply, the plants that grow from the soil, all which enter our bodies. Our DNA could have profound negative effects over years and that’s why it’s extremely important for us to keep watch on this increasingly important problem. Not just in Japan, but in the whole of our mother earth.

As a side note, the 311 comes from the date when the Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and disaster happened. 11th of May 2011. We will never forget and through this understanding we can go forward in life.

Best regards & love to the Japanese people,
Pete Underwood

Travel & Acrobatics to Take Mind off Gardening

Old Theatre in China

I had an interesting question about gardening the other day. It was that if I ever needed to take my mind off it. Interestingly enough, there really are plenty of moments when I just want to forget it all. Ranging from cooking, travel, having sex or even an acrobatic show. That is in fact, an important essense of the Slow Gardening concept that I haven’t really talked about. Because gardening is a very natural thing, it is not just something you should take slowly but also something that should be very automatic. Meaning, that if you are thinking about your garden and worrying how it’s going to end up.. this is the wrong approach to start with. One needs to forget it, it’s as important as remembering it. It’s a kind of a zen approach to gardening, which makes the vegetables even tastier. Consider the nature as something part of everything, that we are working together.. just trust that it’s there and it will produce amazing results for you. The richest vegetables and most beautiful plants grow when they are not disturbed too much. This is very important to understand when starting your “career” with the a slow gardening approach.

Coming back to the interesting question I had. Everyone has a different way to just forget about it, after all it’s life that’s different. So for me, it’s a sort of a continuation from gardening to something that makes me connected with the world. And one of the most amazing experiences that does that, is travel. Also when travelling to China for example, as explained in previous posts, you are away long enough to totally forget. When you come back after several weeks, things will be different, fresh and exiting again. I personally need that from time to time. It’s also a good no-brainer tip from me, that’s not to be forgotten if you really want to loosen a little.

Anyway, also when I travel. While I am interesting in seeing other gardens around the world and such.. it’s definitely not the only thing on my list of things do to. For example, in one of my favorite cities to travel to, which is Beijing in China. I have several favorite things, that I just love to do.. and one that kind of tops all the other experiences so far is the acrobatic show in Beijing. In earlier posts, I have blogged about the brilliant experience in Chaoyang Theatre that has kind of like transformed me because I enjoyed it so much. It is something very far from gardening, yet it is a circus performance that a gardener can definitely appriciate. But why the acrobatics is such a perfect example in all this, is that while it totally takes my mind off gardening. At the same time, it gives me huge power and motivations to continue with my hobby. Seeing those acrobatic performers do those amazing tricks, gives birth to a voice inside of my self that is saying: “yes I can!”. But what’s really magical about it, in a meditative way that is.. that I cannot really put my fingure on what it might be. Perhaps a new design in the garden, or a new goal to grow some very exotic fruit or vegetable. You never really know, but just having that sense of inspiration and innovation is very important for the next big gardening project.

For everyone it really is different, and why for me acrobatics in the distant China. Well, it just came to me and I cannot explain it so perfectly. All I know that the Chaoyang Theatre is the most impressive theater venue I have witnessed in my whole life. It really made me think again of my possibilities. Something that the actors in this show have definitely figured out! Want a trip to performing show life, head to Beijing and forget about everything you knew, only to be born again. That sentence would definitely sum it up.

Now back in the states I feel more confident. And that’s the whole reason why I go to such far lengths to travel to China or anything similar to achieve it. Try it out.. and get deeper into slow gardening!

Best wishes,
Pete Underwood

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.

Winter Back Home and Memories

Preparing for the winter or wintering as I like to call it is a long and complex event for the plant kingdom as well as the animal one. During the time when the nature is adapting to the winter, only a small portion of the changes that take place can be seen by the eye. What you can see is the falling of leaves and some animals who gather more fat in preparation. However most of the changes are biochemical which increase the durability of cell structure for the cold and dry weather. At the same time it is mandatory to stop extremely important cell processes belonging to the summer season. Like photosynthesis or the activity of animals. The winter destroys a lot of life around us which just means that it’s preparing us for the winter.

Quoted from John Ruskin: Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

Only a small portion of winter is quiet and grey, called the heart of winter. The time when it’s difficult to distinguish where the sky stops and starts. Time seems to have stood still, only snow flakes quietly falling. Perhaps only now and then the wind sighs from its branches or the trees sputter as the freeze gets tougher. The sound is the sign that the cells of the tree are breaking. But nature is far from dead, it simply rests and simultaneously tolerates! Even some members of the animal kingdom are still well active.

Besides tolerating the cold and dryness another part of winter tolerance is how to survive from little snow fall or a lot of snow fall. The effect on animals from the snow blanket depends on the ability to move, hide in the snow, dig edibles from the snow and adapt to the nutrition found on top of the snow layers. As a human I’ve well adapted to many possible conditions thus as being a part of the nature it is my responsibility to help take care of it as far as I can!

These are the thoughts that are taking me back to my habitat after a long and beautiful travel in China. It feels as if I’ve been to distant land that is so different that I’m still not sure if I was dreaming or not. Did the old Beijing Workers’ Club exist with all the old city life or was it a mirage of some kind. Did I meet all those wonderful people or was I just hallucinating.

Oh, it must be the effects of listening to ambient music for so many hours! I’m listening to an album called Ambiant Otaku which is a great favorite of mine by Tetsu Inoue. (recommended) So it did all happen and now is a part of me, forever!

New Great Logo

Still enjoying here at the capital and I’ve made many friends on my path. One chinese bloke made me this great “Slow Garden” logo! It is a symbol of how you can just sit back and relax while mother earth grows on it’s on accord. Also the initials SG made with a nice font.