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Understanding Gardening Vocabulary – Part 8

Wow, part 8! I have already covered the definition of 27 terms this year and yet it seems like only yesterday I was starting this series. I do hope that at least one of the 27 words I have covered has been beneficial to you and that all 27 words have, individually, been beneficial to someone. Here is part 8.

To read through each of the individual articles in more detail, here you can access the entire series:
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 1 (January)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 2 (February)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 3 (March)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 4 (April)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 5 (May)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 6 (June)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 7 (July)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 8 (August)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 9 (September)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 10 (October)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Part 11 (November)
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Recap Part 1
Understanding Garden Vocabulary – Recap Part 2

This month’s terms are insecticide, organic, inorganic and drainage.

Insecticide – An insecticide is a substance used to kill insect pests that cause problems on plants. Insecticides can be found in many forms. They are mostly liquids or powders but can also be smoke or a vapour. Insecticides need to be used with caution because not all insects have negative effects on plants, and in fact many plants needs insects for healthy growth and reproduction. However many insecticides do not only kill damaging insects but also kill helpful insects.

Inorganic – A term applied to substances not containing carbon molecules, therefore meaning they were not formed by a living organism. In gardening terms, an inorganic substance is usually a naturally occurring mineral that helps plants grow or are manufactured chemicals made to help plants grow.

Organic – Organic refers to substances that are generally created by living organisms and usually contain carbon molecules. They are often used to add nutrients to the soil to help a plant grow. Animal manure and compost formed by rotting plants are prime examples of organic substances which may be added to a garden to make it healthier. Organic substances are not manufactured but are natural bi-products or living, naturally occurring processes.

Drainage – So you have bought a new plant and on its tag it says something about ‘drainage’. Does this mean the plant needs to be planted near a drain? Away from a drain? Simply, no. Drainage basically refers to how fast water will drain away around plants. It refers to how quickly water will soak into the soil when a plant is watered. Most plants require good drainage because too much water hanging around can cause roots to rot. Though plants needs good access to water, they mostly don’t want to be swimming in it. Good drainage means the soil will take in plenty of water but the surrounding plants won’t be unhappy with the amount of water hanging around the roots.

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