Gardening Terms Glossary

Many readers swear they get the best results when they plant according to our Gardening by the Moon Calendar. And here is the official gardening term cheat sheet from the Farmers’ Almanac:

Above ground crops — this term is used to describe crops that produce their yield above the soil, such as corn, peppers, squash, etc.

Root Crops — crops that produce their yield below the soil, such as potatoes, radishes, carrots, etc.

Seedbeds
— a bed of soil cultivated for planting seeds or seedlings before being transplanted.

Seedlings
—  young plants, especially ones that grow from a seeds rather than from a cutting.

Transplanting — to uproot and replant a growing plant or an already well-established plant.

“Favorable,” “Good,” and “Best” are all considered beneficial days for planting seeds.   “Good” and “Favorable” both pretty much mean the same.  However, “Best” is considered the prime, optimal days for planting seeds.


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Cindy
Cindy
9 years ago

Are there ‘transplanting’ specific days, or do I just do (as I have been doing) and transplant on a ‘planting’ day? Thanks! Cindy

JFrost
JFrost
9 years ago

I’ve been experimenting with my garden using the almanac. This year I’m totally going with the almanac. I’ve got 1/2 acre of veggie garden and another acre to fill with other goodies

admin
admin
9 years ago
Reply to  JFrost

Great to hear! Keep us posted!

Donna Mummert
Donna Mummert
9 years ago

My grandmother always gardened by the moon, and always had a nice garden. I plan to keep her tradition. I am a little confused, and have a couple of questions regarding your “Gardening Terms Explained”. I’m seeing both “start” and “plant” seedbeds. Do these both refer to planting, or by “start”, do you mean cultivate for planting? Does planting of seeds indoors in pots to be transplanted later qualify as a seedbed? And finally, when there is a day that is good for both planting (root crops for example) and starting seedbeds, should I be starting seedbeds only for vegetables for which that day is favorable?
Thanks for your help, Donna

Sandra
Sandra
2 years ago

SO…if you plant a broccoli seed in the garden you plant it on the “above ground” planting day. If you plant a broccoli seed in a container to later transplant, you plant the seed on a “Seedbed” day and transplant it on a “Transplant” day. Maybe?? LOL.