April 2018 Garden Questions
Last month, in March, we had a pretty easy quiz – covering mostly basic gardening fundamentals. April’s questions contain a little of everything – some fundamentals, some trivia, and some real head scratchers. But, no worries – I’ve also provided April 2018 Garden Answers, if you want to take a shortcut and find out quickly what the correct response should be to each of the 10 questions posed.
NOTE: All of these questions have been put together based on information provided in The Perfect Vegetable Garden.
Asparagus plants can be either male or female. Which gender of asparagus produces toxic red berries that can cause diarrhea and vomiting?
Which gender of asparagus would you most likely find in your neighborhood grocery store?
A successful compost pile contains a mixture of four basic components. Three of these are dry/brown ingredients to produce heat energy, moist/green ingredients to spur organism growth, and water to facilitate the breakdown of the dry/brown and moist/green ingredients. What is the fourth component?
E) None of the above.
There are two types of bacteria that can show up in a compost pile – anaerobic bacteria and aerobic bacteria. Are either of these bacteria good your compost? And, if so, which one is the good one?
Most seeds will germinate in a couple of days if you keep their temperature:
A) Below 60 °F (15.5 °C)
B) Between 60 °F (15.5 °C) and 70 °F (21 °C)
C) Seed temperature is not important
I need a soil test. How do I correctly collect my dirt sample?
A) Pick a spot in the middle of the garden and take about a pint of surface dirt for the sample.
B) Pick some random spots throughout the garden area and take some surface dirt from each spot to create the sample.
C) Pick some of random spots throughout the garden area, remove the surface dirt, and use the deeper dirt to create the sample.
What is the best way to support indeterminate tomatoes in the garden?
A) Place a wooden stake next to each plant.
B) Put a tomato cage on each plant.
C) Use a trellis.
Tilling the soil is optional. As long as the correct formula of nutrients is used, the veggies will grow just as good in a garden that has not been tilled. Just rake it a bit.
Watch out for underground utility wires when tilling. You don’t want to chop them up and create a big headache for yourself. However, if your garden is over 20 feet from your house, there shouldn’t be any wires to worry about.
A soil pH of 7.0 is considered:
This question will require some deep thought!
You are in a room that has three light switches and a closed door. The switches are connected to three light bulbs in the next room – on the other side of the closed door. Once you open the door, you cannot touch the switches again. How can you be 100% sure which switch is connected to which light bulb in the next room?
That’s it. Ten easy questions and a Big Bonus One, too!
As you absorb more information in The Perfect Vegetable Garden, you will move closer and closer to the coveted “Master Gardener” status – and you will find it much easier to grow beautiful, tasty veggies!
Send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment to let me know what you think of this month’s test.
Jim, the Lifelong Gardener