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May 29, 2016

GLOSSARY OF GARDENING TERMS

Bagasse
The fibrous pulp that remains after sugar cane has been crushed and the juice extracted.

Garden Nursery
A place where seedlings are produced.

Grow Box

A partially or completely enclosed system for growing plants both indoors and outdoors. It is used in areas small areas or where outdoor gardening space is lacking. It is used for growing vegetables and herbs.

Growing Medium
Anything a plant can grow in is considered a growing medium.

Loam
A soil containing a mixture of sand, silt and, clay.

Promix

A type of commercial potting soil.

Rice hulls
The hard protective outer covering of the rice grain.

Sawdust
Powdery particles of wood produced during sawing.

Seed Box
A box (container) for growing seeds till they are ready to be transplanted. It is used for sowing seeds that are very small and delicate.

Soilless Growing medium
Any growing medium that is NOT dirt or field soil.

Sowing
The process of planting seeds.

Thinning Out
In agriculture, it means the removal of some plants to make room for other plants to grow successfully. This process is essential for healthy plant growth.

Waterlogged

A situation where the soil is saturated, flooded or filled with water. Occurs when the soil is poorly drained.

Pre-plant Fertilizer
Fertilizers are applied to the soilless growing medium prior to planting.

Limestone 
A soil additive which neutralizes acids in the growing medium and soils. It is made from crushed limestone or chalk. The two most common types of limestone are calcitic limestone (calcium carbonate) and dolomitic limestone ( a combination of calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate).