Jim’s February 2019 Garden Questions

February 2019 Garden Questions

No muss – no fuss – just another slew of questions to pique your interest.  Jump right into the head scratchers below – all of which have answers hidden within the pages of The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  As always, a cheat sheet is available, February 2019 Garden Answers.

So, without further ado, have fun – and pay close attention – because, some of the questions are a tad tricky!


Question 1Farmers all use the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is the best selling garden book – ever!  It has been in publication for how long?

A) 20 years

B) 50 years

C) 100 years

D) More than 2 centuries.


Answer For Question #1



Question 2Gotta keep the refrigerator running in a power outage.

My electrical power only goes out once or twice a year – but, it can last several days or more.  So, I want to buy a portable generator to keep my refrigerator going when I have power outages.  My fridge uses up about 700 watts of power when running – thus, I think that a 1,000 watt generator is more than enough for my needs.

A) True

B) False


Answer For Question #2



Question 3Did the generator kill my computer?

One of my friends recently purchased a DuroMax XP10000EH dual fuel generator.  This puppy puts out 10kW of surge (starting) power and 8kW of running (rated) power.  He says it pretty much runs everything in his house.  However, the other day, he told me that both his computer and his TV quit working after being powered by the generator.  What do you think happened?

A) Something must be wrong with the generator for this to happen.

B) It is a coincidence that his computer and TV broke while being powered by the generator. They were old and ready to break at any time anyway.

C) The generator killed his computer and TV.


Answer For Question #3



Question 4Liquid propane tank to power the generator.

The Generac 7043 22kW Generator is one of the best home standby generators on the market today.  But, one drawback is that an external propane tank must be installed to fuel it.

  1. A) True
  2. B) False


Answer For Question #4



Question 5George Washington - America's father.

Mary Washington is the name of:

A) George Washington’s wife.

B) A variety of apple tree.

C) A variety of asparagus.

D) A university in Fredericksburg, VA.

E) Both “A” and “B”.

F) Both “C” and “D”.

G) All of the above.

H) None of the above.


Answer For Question #5



Question 6Pure sine wave - no harmonic distortion.

What is the total harmonic distortion of the A-iPower SUA15000EC portable generator?

A) 50%

B) 15%

C) 10%

D) Less than 5%.


Answer For Question #6



Question 7Lightning killed power - time to use the generator.

The Briggs and Stratton Model 40396 Generator is a good source of electrical power when the main power goes off.  I guess you could say it is:

A) An inexpensive portable generator.

B) A dual fuel generator.

C) A pure sine wave generator.

D) A home standby generator.

E) All but “A)”.

F) None of the above.


Answer For Question #7



Question 8


The Snow Joe iON8024 XRP Snow Blower is one mean foe to any pile of snow that has the audacity to pile up on your driveway and sidewalks!  What fuel does it use?

Is the fuel gas, k-1 kerosene, outlet, battery or solar?

A) Unleaded gasoline

B) K-1 grade undyed kerosene

C) It plugs into the home’s electrical outlet.

D) It is battery powered.

E) It is a revolutionary solar powered machine.

F) None of the above.


Answer For Question #8



Question 9

Dragon tongue sticking out.

Somewhere yesterday, I saw “Dragon Tongue Langerie” – and I started scratching my head – creating a nice, round bald spot.  What the heck does it mean?

A) It’s the name of an up and coming offshoot gang of the Chinese mafia.

B) This is a dragon revered in many Asian cultures as being unstoppable.

C) A technique for licking an especially delicious and sweet treat – “draggin’ tongue” – or, is that pretty far fetched?

D) A variety of rare and exotic beans.


Answer For Question #9



Question 10

What is a great way to increase seed germination and growth rates?Stages of germination.

A) Soak them in water.

B) Heat them in an oven at low heat.

C) Freeze the seeds.

D) There is no successful technique to do this.


Answer For Question #10




What number would the question mark be in this series:

Number series brain teaser.





So, how much did you have to stop and think about these questions?  I bet some of them had you going a bit, huh?

Shoot me an email or comment.  I’m eager to see your suggestions, thoughts, or any candor you think appropriate.


Jim, the Lifelong Gardener


6 thoughts on “Jim’s February 2019 Garden Questions

  1. Peace Reply

    I must say the truth, I couldn’t answer a single question there, they were absolutely foreign to me. In fact I had no idea whatsoever for any of them. 

    I noticed that some were quite funny, while others were serious questions. 

    I have always prided myself to be able to attempt any multiple choice questions I come across, but I guess these questions are far out of my league. 

    • Jim Reply

      Sounds like you need to spend some more time at The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  Maybe, after finding out how easy it is to grow your own food, you will be enamored with the idea of being a gardener yourself!

      It’s happened to many others who thought that they did not have a green thumb.


  2. Lynne Huysamen Reply

    Jim thanks for the entertainment, I honestly would not have guessed the answer to half of those questions. The first one took me completely by surprise – 2 centuries is a long time! I wonder who gets the royalties from that book now? 

    Talking about electricity going off, ours in South Africa is currently going out 3 – 4 times per day for up to 2 hours each time. We have to download an app to keep track of when its going off so we can work around it. Crazy times. 

    We are now running a lot of things off generators so I know you shouldn’t run your TV and computers from any generator because of surges. I wouldn’t have known that a few years back though..  

    • Jim Reply

      I’m glad you liked it, Lynne!

      I’m sure that owner of the Old Farmer’s Almanac – Yankee Publishing Company – gets most of the profits – and, their current writers get royalties from their contributions.

      I’m sure generators in South Africa are a “must have” – not like other areas where they are just an occasional backup power source.

      It must be tough to keep food from spoiling in your neck of the woods!


  3. Olalekan Reply

    I really enjoyed your February questions on gardening.

    I must say that this is a very unique approach to educating and informing people about gardening.

    I can’t believe how much I have learned just from taking this test!  I can’t wait to see what is going to be in the next month’s quiz!

    • Jim Reply

      I can assure you that the March Garden Quiz will be as much, if not more, educational than this February Garden Quiz was – so, stay tuned for all the exciting monthly questions yet to come!


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