Glossary- Gardening Terms

Information About Gardening Glossary

acid soil

A soil with a pH lower than 7.0 is an acid soil (a soil pH higher than 7.0 is alkaline). Basically, pH is a measure of the amount of lime (calcium) contained in your soil.


A area of land totaling 43,560 square feet.

activated charcoal

Occasionally used to help remove herbicides from the soil.


Puncturing the soil to help with water penetration.

air layering

A method of plant propagation done by cutting into the bark of a plant in order to cause new roots to form.

alkaline soil

Soil with a pH higher than 7.0.


Excreting a substance that prevents other plants from growing in a plants vicinity.


Things that you add to the soil in order to improve it for plant growth.


A plant that germinates, grows, flowers, produces seeds in a single growing season before dying.


A part of a flower. The part of the flower that holds the pollen and it part of a male flower structure.


Pigments in plants that make them look red to blue.


A substance sprayed on evergreen leaves to help prevent water loss during the winter.

aquatic plants

Plants that grow or live in water.

arbor day

An organization dedicated to planting trees.


A collection of trees and shrubs that are grown for scientific or educational purposes.