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heavy feeders


Plants that need a lot of fertiliser for optimal performance. Regular applications of fertiliser are necessary for continued performance.
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sandy soil


Sandy soil is composed of many irregular to rounded tiny grains of sand, as opposed to the many tiny plate-like soil particles that make up a clay soil. Sandy soil drains very quickly and doesn't hold on to fertilizer well.
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a-z of gardening terms


We try not to use too much jargon, but this handy glossary of gardening terms will help you with anything you might need to know.
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adaptable as a house plant


This means the plant can be grown indoors at least through the winter but likely to do well all year.
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annual


A plant that grows, flowers and produces seed all in one season and then does not survive the winter. It must be planted each year. Many plants we call annual may be a Perennial
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bare root


These are plants, usually trees and shrubs that are sold with little to no soil around the roots. Some perennials are also sold as bare root plants; this is most common with mail ordered plants.
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cec


Cation Exchange Capacity, A bit of a mouth full. It's a measure of how much fertilizer your soil can hold and release over time. A high CEC is good because it means your soil will hold a lot of fertilizer. Clay soils have high CEC. A low CEC means you will have to fertilise more often. Sandy soils have low CEC.
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clay soil


Soil composed of many tiny plate-like soil particles that can compact with time to form a hard, solid mass that makes shovelling difficult, digging holes a lot more hard work, and often results in poor drainage.
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compost


Compost is the decomposition of plants and other formerly living materials into a soil-like substance that is high in organic matter, an excellent fertiliser, and capable of improving almost any soil. Compost is different to the Growing Media
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dappled shade


Areas where there is a mixture of sun and shade, generally because a deciduous tree is nearby. Dappled shade is similar to partial shade.
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