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The plants that can be grown in the garden are really many, after all it all depends on our personal tastes and how much space we have available; in fact, obviously considering the plants that by climate can only grow in our areas (considering a plant that cannot live at temperatures honestly seems a waste of time), the only physical limit is really the physical space, because if we have a garden of a few square meters we cannot even imagine planting a pine, as it would be fine as a child but in about ten years and it will probably overwhelm the house. In addition to this aspect, as already specified, personal tastes take over, which are the most influential in the choice of how to furnish our garden; the purpose of the garden is to please and put us at ease, therefore nothing is more suitable as a parameter than «what we like». In general, however, over the years an «unofficial» classification of plants has been created, that is, not based on scientific characterizations but rather on their common uses; for example, the plants classified as «garden» are the most decorative, able to give flowers but also fruits, and also those that do not require excessive processing.

A legume in the garden


After all that we have said about garden plants and their characteristics, we read the title of this paragraph and everything seems to fall: but how, a legume in the garden? Well, it’s true that everyone can put what they like in their own garden, but maybe that’s a bit exaggerated. That is, there are and there are not a few people who feel connected to the earth and who like to work it who decide to carve out a space in the garden to use it as a vegetable garden, then planting plants to get food from them, but it is clear that we move on to a different type of decoration. You will not believe it but there is a legume that is very appreciated as a decorative garden plant, it also gives an edible fruit but its main purpose is the decoration through its flowers: it is the lupine.

The lupine

The lupine plant, which is called «lupine» (for botanical science «lupinus»), is a legume known to European populations since ancient times, as it originates from the lands around the Mediterranean basin. In fact, the lupine assumes a particular importance, and this is very important in our times, because it has an annual life cycle that does not happen between March and autumn like many other plants, but between November and June: in short, the lupine becomes a decorative and flowering plant that can cover that “decoration hole” we normally have in winter, when very few flowering plants survive. From the decorative point of view it is something very important, but it is not only from this point of view: in fact, since that is the period of «hole» (or, as it would be better to say, of vegetative rest) of many fruit species, the cultivation of the lupine plant is also carried out to renew the soil and provide it again with nutrients for the subsequent spring-summer production. This is facilitated by the fact that the lupine plant contains a very high amount of nitrogen compounds and, by letting it dry in the ground, it releases a lot of it to the soil that will be ready for other crops.

Lupine: Species and characteristics

Lupine is widespread in three different species throughout Europe. Lupinus albus (white), lupinus luteus (yellow) and lupinus angustifolius (blue or blue), which are macroscopically distinguished by the color of the inflorescences they present. In Italy, however, only the white lupine is widespread, because between the three there is also another difference, more important from the point of view of cultivation: the yellow and blue lupines prefer to live in cool and humid summers, which they cannot at all to find in Italy and especially in the southern regions of the Italian peninsula where the lupine is more widespread as it encounters soil characteristics congenial to it, such as slightly acidic and volcanic soils. Obviously the lupine must be processed to be eaten, in fact the high content of nitrogenous species is accompanied by an equally high content of microorganic species which in high quantities can be poisonous for humans. This is the reason why the lupine is washed for hours before being bagged or boxed and then marketed: the water in large quantities erodes away some surface layers in which those dangerous chemical species are concentrated and makes the product edible. It goes without saying that the lupine harvested from the plant is not edible. the water in large quantities erodes away some surface layers in which those dangerous chemical species are concentrated and makes the product edible. It goes without saying that the lupine harvested from the plant is not edible. the water in large quantities erodes away some surface layers in which those dangerous chemical species are concentrated and makes the product edible. It goes without saying that the lupine harvested from the plant is not edible.

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