About the Journal
From Me to You
Calendar of Events
Things to Expect & Do
Orchids in the Desert
Ask a Gardener
The Elegant Eggplant
Issue of Climate
Mt. Lemmon Marigold
My Special Eucalyptus
Real Gardens for
U of A Courier Service
W O R D W I S E
Definitions for terms used in this issue...
composite (See Mt. Lemmon) - a flower head with outer ray flowers forming
"petals" surrounding inner disc flowers.
cowbird (See Nestboxes) - small North American blackbird that lays its eggs in
the nest of other birds.
flavinoid (See Eggplant) - an aromatic compound containing pigment.
fledge (See Nestboxes) - to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or
independent activity. To rear until ready for flight. To cover with or as if
with feathers or down.
inorganic (See Fire-Resistant) - containing no carbon; generally used to indicate
materials such as fertilizers that are of mineral origin.
ladder fuel (See Fire-Resistant) - arrangement of plant growth from short to
tall, so as to facilitate the spread of fire.
organic (See Earth-Friendly) - a material (i.e. a pesticide) whose molecules
contain carbon and hydrogen atoms. Also may refer to plants or animals which
are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
resinous (See Fire-Resistant) - containing or characterized by resins: sticky
organic substances - usually transparent or translucent and flammable - formed in
plant secretions and insoluble in water.
side dress (See Eggplant) - to place nutrients on or in the soil near the roots
of a crop, not directly on it.
slash (See Fire-Resistant) - debris, as from logging; an open tract in a forest
strewn with such debris.
verticillium wilt (See Eggplant) - a wilt disease of plants caused by a
soil-borne fungus (Verticillium).
Maricopa County Master Gardener Volunteer Information
Last Updated January 25, 2003
Author: Lucy K. Bradley, Extension Agent Urban Horticulture, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County
© 1997 The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County
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