What is the meaning of the term ‘fertilise’  in gardening? It has two definitions which are relevant for the majority of home gardeners.

The first meaning is when the term ‘fertilise’ is used as a synonym for pollination. In other words, the fertilisation of a flower so that it produce fruit.

But gardeners also talk about “fertilising the soil”. This second meaning of ‘fertilise’ refers to improving the mineral content of soil by adding chemical compounds or composted materials. The latter is also called organic matter.

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