ZPD- The Zone of Proximal Development
The Art of Gardening in the Zone
ZPD is the difference between what can be done “solo” and what can be accomplished with “more” expert help…
Plant a rose. Add fertilizer, water and it will grow.
Left to its own development, it will grow into a bush with small flowers.
If pruned and given guidance, it can be trained and will have many large flowers.
This means removing branches that are growing the wrong direction.
Training a rose to grow up a trellis requires pruning along the advancing branches much line training just beyond ZPD.
The pruning is periodic symbolic of the times when you are working by yourself and when you are getting “expert” help.
When a rose is mature and well trimmed, it will continue to grow and produce beautiful flowers.
There will be periodic setbacks but additional pruning will keep the rose healthy.