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Soil fertility and fertilization

compost

noun

a mixture of decaying plants and vegetables that is added to soil to improve its quality

compost

verb

to make decaying plants and vegetables into compost

desertification

noun

the process by which land becomes so dry that it cannot be used for farming

feed

noun

a chemical substance used for making plants grow well

fertile

adjective

fertile land is able to produce good crops or plants

fertilise

a British spelling of fertilize

fertiliser

a British spelling of fertilizer

fertility

noun

the ability of the soil to produce a lot of good crops or plants

fertilization

noun

the process of fertilizing soil

fertilize

verb

to add a natural or chemical substance to soil in order to help plants grow

fertilizer

noun

a natural or chemical substance added to soil in order to help plants grow

fishmeal

noun

a powder of dried fish that you use to feed animals or to fertilize the soil to help plants to grow

fruitful

adjective

producing a lot of crops or fruit

humus

noun

plants and leaves that decay on the ground and make things grow better

infertile

adjective

infertile land is not very good for growing crops

infertility

noun

the fact that land is infertile

lime

noun

a white substance used for making cement and for helping plants to grow

manure

verb

to spread manure on the ground in a field or garden

muck

noun

waste matter from animals, especially when it is spread on fields to improve the soil

mulch

noun

decaying leaves or other plant material used for protecting the roots of plants and improving the soil

mulch

verb

to put a mulch on soil or on the roots of plants

nitrate

noun

a chemical substance containing nitrogen, used for improving the quality of soil

phosphate

noun

a chemical that contains phosphorus, used especially for making plants grow

potash

noun

a soft white powder made by burning wood into ash, used in farming for improving the quality of the soil

rich

adjective

containing a lot of substances that are good for growing plants

sterile

adjective

land that is sterile cannot have any crops grown on it

top dressing

noun

fertilizer that is spread on top of soil to make crops or grass grow faster

unproductive

adjective

unproductive land is not good for growing crops on

fruitfully

adverb

sterility

noun

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