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Glossary Terms

Aquaculture Garden: The cultivation of aquatic animals and plants, esp. fish, shellfish, and seaweed, in natural or controlled marine or freshwater environments; underwater agriculture.

Community Garden Plot: Single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people.

Compost: A mixture of decaying organic matter, as from leaves and manure, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients.

Container Garden: Growing plants in containers instead of planting them in the ground.

Edible Landscaping: Planting of agriculture that is suitable for eating when grown/ripe.

Food Tree: Plant that produces edible food.

Habitat: The natural environment of an organism; place that is natural for the life and growth of an organism.

Landscaping: To improve the appearance of (an area of land, a highway, etc.), as by planting trees, shrubs, or grass, or altering the contours of the ground.

Mini-Greenhouse: Building where plants are grown; similar to a normal sized greenhouse, just smaller.

Monoculture: The use of land for growing only one type of crop.

Natural Resources: The natural wealth of a country, consisting of land, forests, mineral deposits, water, etc.

Naturalist: A person who studies or is an expert in natural history, esp. a zoologist or botanist.

No-Mow/Low-Mow Lawn Mixes: Special formula that creates slow-growing turf.

Nomadic: A member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.

Organic: Noting or pertaining to a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only those existing in or derived from plants or animals, but that now includes all other compounds of carbon; characteristic of, pertaining to or derived from living organisms.

Organic Gardening: Science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers or plants by following principles of organic agriculture in soil building and conservation, pest management and heirloom variety preservation.

Permaculture: A system of cultivation intended to maintain permanent agriculture or horticulture by relying on renewable resources and a self-sustaining ecosystem.

Primitive Skills: Prehistoric handcrafts and pre-industrial technology.

Rain Barrel: A barrel used as a cistern to hold rainwater.

Rainwater Catchment System: Gathering, or accumulating and storing, of rainwater.

Rainwater Garden: Planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas like roofs, driveways, walkways and compacted lawn areas the opportunity to be absorbed.

Rewilding: Teaching primitive and ancient skills to develop pure sustainability; emphasizes development of five senses and nature awareness senses; going back to humans’ naturalistic roots as nondomesticzed and nondependent on civilization.

Sustainability: To keep up or keep going, as an action or process; the capacity to endure; how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time; potential for long-term maintenance of well-being.

Vertical Garden: Wall that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and soil or an inorganic growing medium.


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