There are two main words that mean “vegetable garden” in Spanish and they are huerta and huerto. Technically they should be different in meaning, but they are often used without consideration to differences. Huerta should refer to a larger vegetable garden, while a huerto should be smaller. In some areas a distinction is made about the purpose of their respective products. The vegetables and fruits of a huerta are usually cultivated for sale, while the huerto is generally intended for family use. Also, strictly speaking, the huerta should have more vegetables than fruits. Both words can also mean “fruit tree orchard,” although some people say that huerta should be completely reserved for vegetables and huerto for fruit trees. Huerta can also mean simply “irrigated and cultivated land.”

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