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Herbal Lawn
Hiving a new swarm
Intercropping
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Microclimate
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Offbeat Glossary NO
Nitrogen-fixing plants
Nitrogen-fixing trees
 

Offbeat Glossary A
Accumulator plants
Allelochemics
Allium
Auxins
 

Offbeat Glossary P
Pinching back
Poisonous Plants
 

Offbeat Glossary B
Bay
Bromeliad

DuLally Bird
 

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Offbeat Glossary C
Catch Crop
Compost
Cover crop
Crop Rotation

Offbeat Glossary U
U-Gardens
 

Offbeat Glossary DE
Diatomaceous Earth
Plants least favoured by Deer

Offbeat Glossary V
Veganic
Vertical gardening
 

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French Intensive Gardening
 

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Weeds
 

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Green Manure
 

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Offbeat Glossary: A

This Offbeat Glossary shows in tabular form an alphabetical list of terms commonly encountered in writings about gardening, which exclude agrochemicals, together with some offbeat but interesting ideas.

TERM

DEFINITION

Accumulator plants

Accumulator plants are those that have the ability to collect trace minerals from the soil. These must be allowed to decompose, either by digging in or in the compost heap, and be returned to the soil before other plants can use the trace elements .

Alfalfa

A legume, which fixes Nitrogen, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and trace minerals.

Amaranth
(Amaranthus retroflexus)

Rough pigweed collects iron.

Black Locust
(Robinia pseudacacia)

Nitrogen

Borage

Potassium and calcium

Bristly locust (Robinia hispida)

Nitrogen

Buckwheat

Calcium

Bulbous buttercup

Potassium

Bush vetch

Cobalt

Chicory

Potassium

Clover

Accumulates Nitrogen. Red Clover for acid soils

Comfrey

Calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Russian Comfrey has a carbon-nitrogen ratio similar to barnyard manure.

Dandelion

Calcium and Iron.

Goosegrass

Potassium

Honey Locust (Gleditschia triacanthos)

Nitrogen

Horsetail

Cobalt and Silica

Ilex verticellata 'Christmas Cheer'

Adds Nitrogen to the soil.

Indigo bush (Amorpha fruticosa)

Nitrogen

Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum)

Nitrogen

Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)

Nitrogen

Kudzu

Nitrogen

Lespedeza

Nitrogen

Lupin

Lupinus collects calcium. Use to reclaim sandy soils.

Melon

Calcium

Mesquite (Prosopis juliflora)

Nitrogen

Pea

A legume, which accumulates Nitrogen.

Peanut

Nitrogen

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Nitrogen

Ribwort

Cobalt - this is not usually required by plants.

Russian thistle (Salsola pestifera)

Potassium

Salad burnet

Magnesium

Sainfoin

Nitrogen

Sea aster

Aster tripolium collects salt and soda.

Sheep sorrel

Phosphorus

Stinging Nettle

Nitrogen and Iron

Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)

A legume, which accumulates Calcium.

Tansy

Potassium

Thistle

Copper

Tobacco

Potassium

Valerian

Phosphorus

Winter Vetch (hairy)

Nitrogen

Woad waxen (Genista tinctoria)

Nitrogen

Yellowwood (Cladrastis lutea)

Nitrogen

Allelochemics

study of chemical interactions between species.

Allomones

These will cause a plant, insect or animal to perform a function beneficial to itself.

Kairomones

These form part of the language between species, but are detrimental in their purpose.

Xerophytic

Xerophytic ( arid-climate loving ) plants release terpene from their leaves into the surrounding air. The soil absorbs the terpene to inhibit the germination and growth of other plants in the surrounding area:-

Camphor
Rosin,
Natural rubber and Turpentine.

Pheromones

Chemical messengers used for communication between individual organisms of the same species.

Allium

Vegetable allium are:-

chives,
garlic,
leek,
onion and shallot.

Auxins

Hormones that stimulate plant growth.

 

 

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