An A to Z of Organic Gardening terms

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Aerobic: aprocess that requires the presence of oxygen.

Anaerobic: a process that does not require free oxygen,
or a condition in which free oxygen is excluded.

Annual: a plant that completes its life cycle in a year.

Anther: pollen bearing structure supported by a filament,
which together form the stamen of a flower

Asexual reproduction: non-sexual reproduction, such as grafting,
cuttings and tubers

B

Biennial: a plant that completes its life cycle in two years.

Biodiversity: Variabilty within living organisms and their
environments

Blanching: covering a plant to prevent sunlight from turning
leaves and stalks green

Bolting: development of seed stalks

Brassicas: group of plants which includes Cabbage, Kale,
Broccoli, Kohlrabi, Turnip, Rapeseed, Mustard and Brussels Sprouts

C

Clones: plants produced from a genetically identical parent
by asexual propagation

Compost: a process speed up the natural decomposition of
dead organic matter. Kitchen and garden waste is piled high and left, except
for the occassional aeration or watering where it turns into nutrient rich
soils ideal for promoting healthy plant growth.

Companion planting: the grouping of plants for their mutual
benefit (more on this)

D

Deadheading: Removing the flower heads from plants such
as roses once they wilt to encourage further flower growth

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Fertilizers: Additions to the soild to help a plant grow.
Be careful because many fertilisers are not organic in nature

G

Germination: When a seed starts to grow it is said to germinate.
The requirements for successful germination are: viable seeds, clean soil,
moisture, warmth and (depending on seed variety) either complete darkness
or lots of light.

H

Harvesting: Picking your organic crop once it has grown
is the best thing in the whole world.

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