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a box (or closet) in which the contents are free of charge.

garam masala

literally means "hot spice" and usually icludes; black & white peppercorns, cloves, bay leaves, long pepper (also known as pippali), black cumin (known as shahi jeera), cumin seeds, cinnamon, black & brown & green cardamom, nutmeg, mace, and star anise, coriander seeds.

green compost

compost that is made specificically from fruits and vegetables.


Greywater, also known as sullage, is non-industrial wastewater generated from domestic processes such as dish washing, laundry and bathing its is then reused for gardening and flushing toilets.


the acquisition of free items (usually found on the ground) of items that have been lost, discarded, or freeboxed.

Guerilla Gardening

a method of gardening, whereby people make use of unwanted, uncultivated, or neglected land that they do not own.


(aka magic mound, lasagna bed), German mound (Hugelkultur or lasgna style) is a method of composting, especially woody garden wastes, such as prunings, hedge clippings, and brassica stalks. In some locales this is called a "Lasagna" bed, so named because of the layers. It involves trenching the depth required to remove the turf (sod), 30-90 centimeters (12-36 in) wide, and in its centre is dug another shallow hole into which the rough material is piled. Removed sod is then stacked face-down onto this pile, then layers of compost, well rotted leaves, manure, etc. are added. The layers gradually decompose slowly releasing nutrients and creating rich humus over time; this is ideal for growing hungry crops such as squash or strawberries.


a hill formed from the upturned roots and decayed matter of a fallen tree.


An infusion is the outcome of steeping plants with a desired flavour in water or oil. it is very similar to a decoction but is used with herbs that are more volatile or dissolve readily in water, or release their active ingredients easily in oil. Boiling water is poured over the herb (or water of the appropriate temperature) and allowed to steep for many hours (often as much as eight), then the mix is bottled, and refrigerated for future use. Quantities of the herb/water or oil mix will vary according to the herb or how strong the infusion is required to be. A common proportion used is one ounce of herb to one pint of liquid.


the Western name for sweetened tea or tisane that has been fermented using a macroscopic solid mass of microorganisms called a "kombucha colony".


similar to a pick axe, a mattock is used to break up rough ground. it is distinguished by a broad chise-like blade perpendicular to the handle.


a person who opts for a pastoral, meditative life to learn life's mysteries, instead of persuing a career or wage (ofren associated with wandering)


A mycorrhiza (Greek for fungus roots coined by A.B. Frank in 1885; typically seen in the plural forms mycorrhizae or mycorrhizas) is a symbiotic (occasionally weakly pathogenic) association between a fungus and the roots of a plant. In a mycorrhizal association the fungus may colonize the roots of a host plant either intracellularly or extracellularly. It is an important part of soil life.


Anything having an interrelationship with living things. Organic also refers to anything produced or grown naturally, i.e., without chemical enhancement, artificial ingredients, etc.


An ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail and forming a circle.

The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. The ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations.

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