The Garden Gate: Green Definitions – Part 2 | EMPHASIS

What is the difference between grass and shrub, tree or flower?

UNIFORMS – or monocotyledons, as referred to by the plant population, refers to any plant of the grass family whose seeds contain only one emerging seed or cotyledon. This group includes more than 60,000 plants, including all herbs, orchids, palms, tulips, amaryllis, daffodils, and more. Monocots have other great qualities that are worth getting to know.

DOUBLE HEART – also known as dicotyledonous, which means that the leaves of the seed embryo hatch in pairs. Most trees, shrubs, garden plants and flowers belong to this family. They typically have taproots and about half have woody stems. I’m sure you can give this branch a lot of names!

Again, there are so many clever facts about both. I suggest you search quickly and read a little more. The facts of the plants are strong!

Here is another amazing word pair that I feel you will be interested in…

ANGIOSPERS – plants which produce flowers and enclose their seeds. They are the largest, most diverse group of plants, and more than 300,000 species körülbelül about 80% of the known plant species. They are the most important source of food for all lives. The examples are simple: fruits, vegetables, grains… and almost everything we eat!

GYMNOSPERMS – 1000 species in this amazing group. Seed-producing plants, including conifers, cycads, ginkgo, etc. No: they do not bring flowers or fruit and there is no outer cover around the seeds. Their name actually means “bare seeds”. Pollination is done by the wind. Their leaves are usually tough, scaly or needle-like. Sounds like any known plant? How about pine, yew, cedar, spruce and pine?

I remember the Christmas trees. When I was growing up, we were preparing for Christmas with cedar trees at the foot of the Cherokee National Forest. People go out and pay good money for cut pines, spruces, firs. I wonder why they don’t do this today when there are plenty of women around us, for free!

The chemical world decided they wanted control … everything, and it was the fastest and most profitable through chemicals. This includes, but is not limited to, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides… and anything else that ends in “exterminating”. In this post, I will stick to the two easiest to define.

SELECTIVE – a herbicide that is chemically designed to kill only one type of plant, such as monocotyledonous or dicotyledonous. For example, herbicides applied to lawns usually only kill dicotyledons. It would be any broad-leaved plant. I strongly recommend that you read every word on a bag / bottle of herbicide before applying it. I think you will be shocked and surprised by the warnings on the labels and the list of plants near which this product should not be used. Did you know that trees and shrubs are dicotyledons? And when you use these chemicals in the root zone of these plants, are you actually slowly poisoning them? Yes, those beautiful big oaks, spring beauties, the rhododendron family, onion beds, perennials and more.

NOT SELECTIVE – weed killer again, only this time it kills everything. This leads to my burning question: why do people feel they have to control everything? I strongly recommend that you always read all labels on the poison container before opening the top. If you are going to use a poison that will affect the whole life that follows, we are ALL responsible for KNOWING what we are doing and the consequences.

My suggestion is to redefine what you classify as a “weed”. Learn the place of this plant in the biology of your land and how beneficial it is. Don’t worry about what your neighbors think and pay more attention to what nature is telling you. Learn. Forget. Change your thinking.

I would like to recommend a wonderful, helpful website. You will also find others who want to follow the example of nature in all things related to soil. Take the time to study while winter is on us and the outside work is going slowly. The website is There is no better time to re-learn plants and their value in our existence. Weeds? Or food and medicine? Think about it!

Sherrie Ottinger, aka “The TN Dirtgirl” is a resumegenerative earthly thinker, teacher, columnist, writer and lecturer. His passion is all “dirt.” You can reach with any comments or questions.


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