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Gardening, why

There is no doubt that gardening is among the most widespread passions currently in the world, given that since its explosion, which occurred about twenty years ago, to date there has been an exponential crescendo both in global perception and both in actual figures. Such a success would have to be analyzed in its motivations, but it does not concern us and our article which is more a practical information than a sociological study. But in short we too can see the motivation for this great success where it is; in fact, the passion for gardening is mainly due to the fact that it allows us to get closer to nature, a nature that is without a doubt our creative mother and that has taken care of us until we become what we are today. Then, the historical folds,

Learning by doing


Gardening, although special because it brings us closer to nature that we indelibly carry in our genes (as well as in our past), is still a passion, a hobby that requires a ruler, tools, knowledge to be carried out well. Well, the great thing is that hobbies are satisfying because they teach us by doing, delighting body and mind, distracting them from everyday worries and having fun. But what is there to learn in gardening? Well, for those who do not know this fantastic world of the «green thumb» (as this passion is called nicely) the answer will be «nothing», because many / too many believe that gardening is watering a plant and waiting for it to grow. It is also this, gentlemen, but also for this it takes technique, trust me! In the field of gardening there are many techniques to know and above all you need to know very well when to apply them, that is the timing with respect to the life cycle of plants and that of the seasons, or the climatic cycle in which we live. Everything you need to know is the result of centuries-old experience in plant care, and it is easy to learn if you have the passion to do it, as well as extremely rewarding as a good command of the techniques certainly leads to good results.

Pruning

Among the many important gardening techniques, alongside watering, fertilization, grafting and pouring, there is the fundamental technique of pruning: since this is a common term and also used in other fields, prune means remove some parts of the plant to give it more strength and thus make it grow better. You can intuitively understand how the parts to be pruned, or eliminated, are the sick ones or the older and unproductive ones (if it is a fruit plant, for example); this speech is right and valid, but precisely because pruning is not a trivial technique, you must know that only experience and knowledge can tell which branches and parts of the plant in general are to be eliminated to make them give their best, not necessarily the sick and older ones. Examples? The olive tree: this plant, very widespread in Italy, has the purpose of producing the olives with which to produce the precious oil; in this case neither the oldest nor the youngest branch should be pruned, because the former must offer the bearing to all the others, young and fresh, which can produce beautiful olives. So, just in case, the branches to be pruned are the average ones that we find inside the plant (also for a matter of improving aeration).

Jasmine pruning: Jasmine pruning

Jasmine is a flowering plant widely used to decorate gardens, terraces, pergolas because it has abundant, colorful and much appreciated flowering. It is a plant with a climbing character in most of the most common species, so it is a case in which pruning is essential for the correct growth of the plant itself. Not only that, contrary to the previous example, our pruning does not have the primary purpose of strengthening the plant to make it have a better fruit production. For jasmine (but this is the case for practically all plants) two types of pruning must be distinguished, the formative one that is to be implemented in the first years of life and aims to cut the plant in the right places to give it the desired shape, and that of maintenance that takes place in the following years of life to ensure that the plant maintains the standards achieved. In any case, for a climbing plant such as jasmine, the aim is to keep the specimen branched from the bottom, so that it presents a unique array of flowers and not starting from a certain height. Subsequently, too old and woody branches (not very green) must be eliminated because they produce little inflorescence (rather common case but it is certain that this is the case in jasmine).

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