Organic Glossary of Terms

ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants are chemicals found in foods that are believed to inhibit cell damage by slowing or stopping the process of oxidation.

BETA CAROTENE
Our bodies are good at converting Beta Carotene into vitamin A. As the name suggests a good source of Beta Carotene is the humble carrot.

BIODYNAMIC
A method of crop growing that takes influences from Organic principles as well as popular magic (lunar phases and spells etc)

COMPOSTING
As waste green matter decays (due to the actions of worms, bugs, bacteria and fungi) it turns into a form of soil rich in organic matter, nutrients and bacteria that are vital for growing next year’s plants. Almost all materials from organic sources can be composted and the compost heap is core to the success of an organic garden. If the heap is large enough, lots of heat is generated and material gets fully broken down in a matter of a few weeks. A smaller heap takes a few months, but in the end both will deliver richly fertile humus back to the gardener.

DIVERSITY

A garden with a wide range of plants is a better home for more species, creating a wider ecosystem which will be healthier than a garden with fewer species.

EARTHWORMS

Worms are one of the most important living beings in the garden but we rarely see them. They are essential to composting and airating the soil. If you have lots of worms it is indicative of a healthy soil.