Welcome to my announcements page. Announcements will be made providing information about vocabulary definitions and testing dates as well as any pertinent information.
The following words will be on the first test. The test format will be a fill in the blank with a word bank. All classes will be tested on these words. Each day I will add that days vocabulary on this announcement until all 20 have been added. The vocabulary check will be on January 27, 2022. This is a pass/fail grade. They must have all the words completed and in the correct format to get an "A". The test will be held February 1, 2022.
January 18, 2022
1. Horticulture- The science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants.
2. Flower- A plant, considered with reference to its blossom or cultivated for its floral beauty.
3. Vegetable- Any plant whose roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves, or flower parts are used as food. (Beet, potato, onion, asparagus, spinach, or cauliflower)
4. Fruit- The developed ovary of a seed plant with its contents and accessory parts, as the pea pod, nut, tomato, or pineapple.
January 19, 2022
5. Topsoil- The top layer of native soil.
6. Peat Moss- The partially decomposed remains of various mosses. This is a good, water retentive addition to the soil, but tends to add the acidity of the soil pH.
7. Compost- An organic soil amendment resulting from the decomposition of organic matter.
8. Mulch- Any loose material placed over the soil to control weeds and conserve soil moisture. Usually this is a coarse organic matter, such as leaves, clippings or bark, but plastic sheeting and other commercial products can also be used.
January 20, 2022
9. Fertilizer- Organic or inorganic plant foods which may be either liquid or granular used to amend the soil in order to improve the quality or quantity of plant growth.
10. Inorganic- Not having the structure or organization characteristic of living bodies.
11. Organic- Noting or pertaining to a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only those existing in or derived from plants or animals.
January 21, 2022
12. Annuals- Plants whose life cycle lasts only one year, from seed to blooms to seed.
13. Biennial- A plant that usually only lives two years, normally producing flowers and seed the second year.
14. Perennial- A nonwoody plant which grows and lives for more than two years. They usually produce one flower crop each year, lasting anywhere from a week to a month or longer.
January 24, 2022
15. Variegated- Leaves which are marked with multiple colors.
16. Evergreen- A plant which never loses all of its leaves at one time.
17. Bare Root- Plants offered for sale which have had all of the soil removed from their roots.
January 25, 2022
18. Staking- The practice of driving a stake into the ground next to, and as a support for a plant.
19. Pruning- The cutting and trimming of plants to remove dead or injured wood, or to control and direct the new growth of a plant.
20. Transplanting- The process of digging up a plant and moving it to another location.