Jim’s July 2018 Garden Answers

 

July 2018 Garden Answers

Listed below are all the answers for the July 2018 Quiz or, you can hunt through The Perfect Vegetable Garden for solutions.

 

Answer to Question #1

A) Creates a furrow, plants seeds evenly spaced, and covers the seeds with soil – all in one fell swoop!

Wedge shaped ground opener

A garden seeder is designed to make a furrow, plant evenly spaced seeds, and, finally cover the seeds with dirt.

I really wish they could build a “contraption that sucks all the weed seeds out of the garden.  It would make my life so much easier.

B)” was close to the right answer but, a garden seeder can do much more than just plant the seeds in a garden.

And, if you need a storage unit to keep seeds fresh, why not just use a Mason Jar with a couple of Oxygen Absorbers – and freeze them.  That’s the best seed preservation method around!

By the way, my garden seeder of choice is the Hoss HGS051 – in case you’re interested!

 

This answer is found in Garden Seeder Reviews.

 

 

Answer to Question #2

B) False

Hoss horizontal seed plates

Garden seeders usually come with 6 “standard sized” seed plates that cover the majority of seed sizes.  But, if you have seeds that don’t match any of the seed plates, there are several options:

  • You can order blank seed plates and custom make your own.
  • Some garden seeder manufacturers will customize special seed plates for you. Just give them several months lead time before the special plates are needed for spring planting.
  • Accessory seed plates may also be available that cover a host of odd seed sizes not supplied in the “standard” seed plate sets.

 

This answer is found in Garden Seeder Reviews.

 

 

Answer to Question #3

A) Vertically

Chapin 8701B Garden Seeder - vertical seed plate

The Chapin 8701B Garden Seeder is one of two garden seeders reviewed in The Perfect Vegetable Garden that has vertically positioned seed plates.

I have never seen a garden seeder that could position the plates both vertically AND horizontally.

And, I can’t seem to grasp how a garden seeder could even function if the plates were positioned at a 45 degree angle.  What would that even look like?

 

This answer is found in Chapin 8701B Garden Seeder Review.

 

 

Answer to Question #4

C) Clean the plates and hopper with a mild dishwashing liquid and thoroughly dry them before use.

Chapin 8701B standard seed plates

Wiping a garden seeder’s plates and hopper with a soft, dry cloth will get out the dust, dirt, and seed residue, but, that same cloth may introduce static electricity to the unit – causing the seeds to hang up and not drop down the chute.

Using oil will not only make the seed plate and hopper sticky to the point that seeds won’t drop down the chute – the oil may also contaminate the seeds.

Do you really think it’s a good idea to put plastic seed plates through a clothes washer – and, then, a dryer?  Come on, now – think these things through.

Lastly, if the plates and hopper couldn’t be cleaned, even at such a low price, it would get very, very expensive replacing them every time they get dirty – which is about E-V-E-R-Y time the garden seeder is used.

 

This answer is found in Chapin 8701B Garden Seeder Review.

 

 

Answer to Question #5

B) Earthway 1001-B

Earthway 1001-B kickstand and row marker

Yep!  The Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder is made from aircraft grade aluminum – unlike the Chapin 8701B which has a steel frame.  The additional cost is little more than you would pay for several cases of Coca-Cola.

 

This answer is found in Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder Review.

 

 

Answer to Question #6

D) Both A) and B)

Chapin 8701B Garden Seeder - wedge shaped ground opener and metal plate closerEarthway 1001-B wedge shaped ground opener and chain closer

 

 

 

 

Both the Chapin 8701B and the Earthway 1001-B use a wedge-shaped ground opener for making furrows to plant seeds.  The difference between them is that the Chapin model used a metal plate ground closer to cover the seeds with dirt – and, the Earthway machine uses a chain to accomplish the same task.

 

This answer is found in Hoss HGS051 Garden Seeder Review.

 

 

Answer to Question #7

B) A rolling coulter does the job.

Hoss HGS051 Garden Seeder with rolling coulter and drag chain

The Hoss HGS051 Garden Seeder employs a double disk furrow opener – rolling coulter – that opens the furrow and drops the seeds into them.  This technique makes it easier to make furrows in ground that may have some dirt clumps, small rocks, or root pieces in the planting path.

 

This answer is found in Hoss HGS051 Garden Seeder Review.

 

 

Answer to Question #8

C) 3 inches

YARDMAX YW755 Chipper Shredder

The YARDMAX YW755 Chipper Shredder can chomp up tree limbs as thick as 3 inches in diameter.  It is a real powerhouse!

If you have anything bigger than 3 inches in diameter, split the wood and burn it in your fireplace over the winter.  Or, hire a local tree service company to remove the wood.  Their chippers can usually handle 6 inch, or even 9 inch, diameter logs.

 

This answer is found in YARDMAX YW7565 Chipper Shredder Review.

 

 

Answer to Question #9

D) Sunflowers

Sunflowers are the fourth sister.

Arizona’s Hopi Indians and the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico both used sunflowers as the fourth sister.  They planted the sunflowers close to their Three Sisters crop to entice bee pollinators to enhance their vegetable yields.  Pretty smart folks, huh?

 

This answer is found in Growing Sunflowers.

 

 

Answer to Question #10

C) Both varieties have the most delicious seeds.

Burpee’s Mammoth RussianHill Creek Seeds’ Grey Strip Mammoth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides being the tastiest sunflower seeds, both Burpee’s Mammoth Russian and Hill Creek Seeds’ Grey Strip Mammoth produce leaves that are fit to be eaten raw in salads or sautéed the same as you would with spinach.

And, they are definitely not short.  Jim’s sunflowers have already reached close to 12 foot tall!

 

This answer is found in Growing Sunflowers.

 

 

Answer to BONUS QUESTION

C) A morale booster.

Signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States as an independent nation.

During the Revolutionary War, John Adams thought fireworks would be a great morale booster for the American soldiers fighting the British.  So, July 4th, 1777, saw the first fireworks display – with many more to come every year thereafter.

Many Americans may like to blow stuff up – but, it isn’t the primary reason for July 4th fireworks.

By the way, did you know that each year Americans spend more than $1 billion dollars – that’s “billion” with a B – on fireworks?  That’s 268 million pounds – or, a pound apiece for every American citizen.

And, almost $300 million dollars worth of fireworks are imported from China yearly.

 

 

 Were the questions too hard or just right?  How were this month’s questions and answers compared to the others posted in this monthly series since March?

Comments and emails are unquestionably appreciated!

 

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener

jim@perfect-vegetable-garden.com

 

2 thoughts on “Jim’s July 2018 Garden Answers

  1. Ruth Reply

    I love knowledge. All knowledge. So thanks for an interesting article. I felt a little lost I could not see the questions only the answers, but the answers however were still very informative. I love to see that you enjoy gardening so much and it is very nice to share all of your gardening knowledge with us. Thanks and keep up the good work

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Ruth,

      You can easily see the original questions by using the link provided at the top of the page that will take you to the actual quiz.  Or, you can access the July quiz page here.

      I’m glad you benefitted from the information provided on this answer page.

      I am attempting to do the quizzes – with answers – on a monthly basis – so, check back soon for the next installment.

      Jim

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