Appreciate everyone’s emails and letters of concern over the  possible arrival of  a radiation cloud that is “reportedly” coming our way.   For what it’s worth, here’s what the UN Weather Forecast has to say.

A storm is coming;  but, with the radioactivity, we are  not sure if rain is a good thing, However, we can’t really do anything about it.  But, just in case, we are increasing our kelp intake  and putting extra kelp in the animal feed.

Barbara Brennan writes in her classic Light Emerging, “If you are having any kind of radiation treatments, consider going macrobiotic. According to Michio and Aveline Kushi, macrobiotics is very effective in curing radiation sickness. In his book Macrobiotic Diet, Michio Kushi states: ‘At the time of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, Tatsuichiro Akizuki, M.D., was director of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Nagasaki. Most patients in the hospital, located one mile from the center of the blast, survived the initial effects of the bomb, but soon after came down with symptoms of radiation sickness from the radioactivity that had been released. Dr. Akizuki fed his staff and patients a strict macrobiotic diet of brown rice, miso* and tamari soy sauce soup, wakame and other sea vegetables , Hokkaido pumpkin, and sea salt and prohibited the consumption of sugar and sweets. As a result, he saved everyone in his hospital, while many other survivors in the city perished from radiation sickness.’”  –  Read full article at Combatting Radiation Poisoning

There is certainly a fine line between facts and fear, truth and rumors.  Our government  says there is no cause for alarm and reassured us that we have nothing to worry about.   OK, fine.  If increased dosages of kelp isn’t “necessary,” our bodies will still benefit from taking this “miracle plant.”

Speaking of rain, we are sure going to need it because the City of Pasadena has declared a Level 4 Water Shortage Emergency.   As a result, it has issued a 10-Day Ban on Outdoor Watering, March 18-27.   Edible gardens and nurseries will be exempt and even, get this, golf courses.  Yeah, seriously!

With our exemption to the outdoor watering ban,  we are going to take full advantage  and step up our water harvesting and conservation efforts.

Ollas – since we starting using the clay pot irrigation method over 5 years ago, we’ve cut our water usage by 1/2

Grey water – reclaiming used water to irrigate fruit trees

Water conservation – is the best (and cheapest) way to save water

Metal roof installation (safe for collecting rain for drinking water).  Although we have installed the right metal roof,  we have yet to install gutters to collect the rainwater.  Since southern California is so dry, we have postponed the completion.  However, that may soon change!

(FYI: If worse ever comes to worse, as, for example, an earthquake and we do run out of water, we know a place to go in the mountains to collect fresh water to filter into safe drinking water. I guess that is as natural and green as one can get! But, hush, don’t tell anyone our little secret!)


  1. Nebraska Dave says:

    Mum’s the word. Your secret is safe here in Nebraska. I have a 1200 gallon tank that I use for a gravity feed watering system for my garden. Should we ever have water rationing my gardenn will have a two week supply. I have plans for a rain catch system to be integrated into the watering system in the next couple years. My house roof is 40X25 with the over hangs which nets about 1000 square feet of collection surface. One inch of rain on this surface could net 620 gallons of useable water. The legistical problem to over come will be the collection of that much water as it can rain here an inch an hour easily. I truly believe that water will be as much a demand in the future as food. A person can live 63 to 65 days without food but only 3 to 4 days without water.

    You will be in my prayers for safety from radiation and for clean fresh water.

    Have a great day in the urban garden.

  2. Jes says:

    These guys seem to have a good plan in place. http://www.ecoreality.org/wiki/Radiation_fallout_plan
    Worst case I’d consider covering up the growing greens in the garden. Fortunately up a bit farther north it’s still too early for me to have anything other than peas in the ground outside and everything started is indoors or in the greenhouse.

  3. Ann Erdman says:

    Thanks for helping us spread the word about the outdoor watering restrictions. We’re all in this together!

    • Anais says:

      @Ann Erdman: You are welcome! BTW, the RAIN couldn’t have come at a BETTER time. 😉

  4. Ginger says:

    Good for you. Be prepared and fear not. Have a lovely SC day. You are great.

    Here’s how you have inspired me to use my home and small city lot. My indoor garden now has me free from buying everything but onions, apples, bananas and oranges from the market–we’re going to phase out bananas and oranges. We’re going to begin greenhouse varieties of cherry tomatoes, summer squash, and cucumber in the living room window adn maybe a potted meyer lemon as a house plant next to the couch. I plan to plant plenty of roots that store well and taste good raw like beets, jicama, yam, and carrot plus tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, leeks, garlic, and celery that can be canned as ratatoulle, salsa, marinara, and tomato soup for next winter. I’m planting frijoles and experimenting with rice, amaranth, and quinoa–I have enough of these stored to see me through several years of experimenting until I am successful. If our fruit trees do well, apples and peaches will get us to about 95% from our garden (not sure how to grow flax and sesame seeds yet). This year we will plant hazel nuts and more fruit trees and berries. After we saw what you have done with your front yard, my DH is willing to phase out grass and put in more edible landscaping. Changing to this green diet has brought us the highest level of health either of us has ever experienced in our whole lives. Thank you for your work.

  5. Chris says:

    Great informative post, again! Thank You for posting so much valuable information! There is a lot of conflicting information about rainwater collection/harvesting for potable use as well as how to collect and filter freshly drawn drinking water. We’re looking into a metal roof system for rainwater harvesting for potable use, but so unsure if it makes a difference what type of metal roof. Everyone here said we cannot harvest rainwater for potable use ` only for use in the gardens. Also, filtering freshly drawn water to make it potable. Is there a way to do it without some kind of chemical tablet? Does anyone have any answer(s) to either of these questions or can guide us in the right path?

    Again, great post and Thanks!

  6. Leona T. says:

    I am so appreciative of all you all beautiful people. thanks for your generosity in sharing. I live in Houston Tx. I live in apartment yet I grow in pots. Do you have any tips on how I can do so more successfully? Thank you so much!!

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