Gardening Glossary: M-O

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W

M

Maincrop: Refers to the crop of vegetables, often potatoes, that produce crops throughout the main growing season.

Manure: Excreta from animals, usually horses and chickens, used to enrich the soil.

Microclimate: A small area that has a markedly different climate to its surrounds – frost pocket.

Micronutrients: Very small amounts of chemicals needed by plants.

Monocarpic: Plants that only flower and fruit once in their lives.

Monoecious: A plant with both male and female flowers see dioecious.

Mulch: A layer of grass cuttings, straw, coconut shells, etc, applied to the soil to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Mutation: A spontaneous or planned change in the genetic make-up of a plant usually causing changes in appearance.

N

Neutral: Neither acid nor alkaline with a pH of around 7.

Nodal Cutting: A cutting taken from a piece of stem cut just below a node.

Node: A place on the stem of a plant where leaves, flowers, branches or shoots grow.

Nodal Cutting: A cutting taken from a piece of stem cut just below a node.

Node: A place on the stem of a plant where leaves, flowers, branches or shoots grow.

O

Offset: A naturally occurring plant growing usually from the base of an established plant.

Opposite: Used to describe leaves growing at the same level on either side of a stem.

Organic: Fertilizer derived from decomposed plant or animal material. It also refers to a method of gardening that doesn’t use chemicals.

Over Potting: Putting a plant into a pot that is too big, often stops a plant flowering or becoming well established.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W