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What is a perched water table?

In gardening, especially container gardening, you will run into the phenomenon called a 'perched water table' (PWT). What is a perched water table, and how does it work?
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What are some good books with definitions of technical words used in botany/gardening?

Watching the level around here, I think I can not provide good answers without knowing the technical terms used in English for botany and gardening like the back of my hand. So I ask for advice on a ...
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Why are strawberries cooled before planting, and what is a term for this procedure?

I've heard that it's a practice to cool strawberry plants to a low temperature (~2 °C/~35 °F) for some time before planting them. Supposedly this results in an increased growth tempo of the plants in ...
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What is the scientific term that describes soil that resists water?

I know this is an odd one, but I know there is a special word that horticulturists use to describe soil that is so arid that it resists water. So, when it rains, the water initially rushes off of the ...
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What is short litter and how is it made?

A book I'm reading on creating hotbeds recommends mixing "short litter" with the fresh manure as the base of the beds. I've also seen websites recommending using grass cuttings or a good short litter ...
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Is corn a fruit or a vegetable or a nut?

I've been debating with my friends whether or not corn kernels are considered to be fruits or vegetables or nuts. To my knowledge, a fruit is defined as "an over ripened ovum" of a plant's seed. A ...
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What is the difference between a spade and a shovel?

I was just reading this article, When would I prefer a shovel with a rounded blade over one with a pointed blade?. The answers said something like, "That's a spade not a shovel". So what is the ...
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Difference between Espalier and Topiary

I'm looking into decorative Topiary. In my studies I've come across a similar process called Espalier. They're both shaped trees. Here's my question: What is the difference between espalier and ...
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Mange Tout/Peas & Courgettes/Marrows

Is a mange tout merely an immature pea and there's nothing more to it than that? And while we're at it, is a courgette (zucchino for Americans & Italians) just an immature marrow and that's all? ...
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What does PVP mean?

For a while, when I looked at plants in catalogs, I thought that PVP was part of the name of the plant until I saw the same name without it. What does it mean?
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What to call this latex material used to tie trees?

I got some special hollow (rope/wire/string/tube - I don't know how to call it) - it is green and made of latex about 4 or 5 mm in diameter and used to tie young trees to prevent wind damage. Can ...
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What is considered a “cool climate” for cool climate plants? Can these plants better survive temporary frost?

Is a "cool climate" one that doesn't freeze? Is it one that doesn't freeze until such-and-such a month? Or is it one where the temperature almost always stays above freezing? Related to this, would ...
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What is hardiness zone?

Several questions here refer to (hardiness) zone 6a, 7, 5-8... What is hardiness zone exactly? Is it determined by only the temperature (maximum, minimum) or are there other factors?
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Are “minerals” and “nutrients” the same thing?

Some good answers on this question: Is it worth spreading ash on the vegetable plot?. But one answer says: I can't think of any minerals that would be present and the other upvoted answer ...
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“Forcing rhubarb” - what does that mean?

In the question Forcing rhubarb - alternatives to fancy forcing jars?, the poster is asking how to "force rhubarb". What does that mean? The house we bought has a rhubarb plant in the yard, but I ...