Curiosities in the World of Gardening

Curiosities in the World of Gardening

By: Olivia Cristina

Curiosities about the world of gardening that are very interesting for you!

It may not seem like it at first glance, but a garden is a veritable living laboratory of natural processes. For example, consider photosynthesis and decomposition.

Photosynthesis is a wonder of nature that allows plants to convert sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into food, while giving off oxygen. Despite being a fundamental process for the existence of life as we know it, we rarely notice its presence when we admire a garden. Interesting to note that the rate of photosynthesis can vary between plants. Species from hot, dry climates tend to have a lower rate to conserve water.

Decomposition, on the other hand, is a natural process that transforms organic materials, such as fallen leaves and grass clippings, into simple elements that are essential for plant development. Composting, a type of intentional decomposition, is a common practice in gardening.

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Since ancient times, hanging gardens have been a creative way to bring more green into harsh environments. They appeared in Mesopotamia as a green oasis in desert landscapes. Interestingly, the term “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” refers to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, although it is not known for sure if they really existed.

Today, overhead gardening is a popular option in urban areas with limited space. Plants are grown in containers that are hung, attached to walls or on vertical structures such as plant walls.

Bonsai, on the other hand, is a Japanese tradition of growing mini trees that replicate the shape and scale of larger trees. Despite being a popular practice today, Bonsai has roots in philosophy and religion, symbolizing the balance between man, nature and spirit.

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Carnivorous plants attract a lot of attention due to their peculiar survival strategy. They have developed mechanisms to capture and digest insects to obtain nutrients needed in soils with low fertility. The best known are the Venus Flytrap and the Pitcher Plant, but there are around 600 globally recognized species.

Another interesting point is the practice of lunar planting. No, it's not about growing plants on the moon, but an age-old agricultural practice that aligns planting with the phases of the moon. It is believed that the moon affects plant growth just as it affects the tides. Although it is a practice adopted by many cultures throughout history, science has yet to confirm its effectiveness.

However, these curiosities only scratch the surface of the fascinating universe of gardening. Every day, more people discover the pleasure of taking care of their own plants, whether for food, aesthetics or simply to have a closer contact with nature. And, as we've seen, there's always something new to learn and explore in this field.

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