July 2018 Garden Questions
There are a ton of great questions this month! And, they have been lifted from some of the most recent posts – here, in The Perfect Vegetable Garden – about garden seeders, wood chippers, and sunflowers (HINT). If you get stumped, check out the July 2018 Garden Answers for the data / information to satisfy your curiosity.
What the heck is a garden seeder?
A) A contraption that sucks all the weed seeds out of the garden so the weeds don’t grow.
B) A precise device to plant seeds in a garden. That’s all it can do.
C) A storage unit to keep seeds fresh so that they germinate more rapidly in the garden.
D) Creates a furrow, plants seeds evenly spaced, and covers the seeds with soil – all in one fell swoop!
E) None of the above.
Garden seeders usually come with 6 seed plates that cover the majority of seed sizes. If you have seeds that don’t match any of the seed plates, you are flat out of luck!
The Chapin 8701B Garden Seeder has seed plates that are positioned:
C) Both vertically and horizontally
D) At a 45 degree angle
E) None of the above
What is the best way to minimize the chance of static electricity buildup on a garden seeder’s plastic seed plates and hopper?
- A) Wipe the plates and seed hopper with a soft, dry cloth after each use.
- B) Keep the plates and seed hopper well oiled.
- C) Clean the plates and hopper with a mild dishwashing liquid and thoroughly dry them before use.
- D) Run them through the washing machine and dryer.
- E) They can’t be cleaned. When they get too dirty, they have to be replaced.
Which of the following garden seeders is made from aircraft grade aluminum – making it one of the lightest machines on the market today?
A) Chapin 8701B
B) Earthway 1001-B
C) Neither – because, aircraft grade aluminum is way too pricey for use in an inexpensive garden seeder.
Which garden seeder(s) has a wedge-shaped ground opener to make furrows for the seeds to be planted?
A) The Chapin 8701B
B) The Earthway 1001-B
C) The Hoss HGS051
D) Both A) and B)
E) Both B) and C)
F) No garden seeders have wedge-shaped ground openers. They use different techniques to make a furrow.
How does the Hoss HGS051 Garden Seeder make a furrow to plant seeds?
A) A metal bar scrapes a ditch into the loose, tilled soil.
B) A rolling coulter does the job.
C) This garden seeder requires that a furrow be manually made using a spade prior to planting seeds.
The YARDMAX YW755 Chipper Shredder can do some serious damage to tree limbs – easily turning them into wood chips. What’s the maximum diameter branch it can handle?
A) 1 inch
B) 2 inches
C) 3 inches
D) 6 inches
E) 9 inches
There is an ancient Native American Indian planting technique called The Three Sisters – in which corn, green beans, and squash are planted together as a companion planting technique. Some Indian tribes in Arizona and New Mexico added a fourth sister. What plant did they use?
F) None of the above. There is no such thing as a fourth sister.
A) The plants are short – less than 6 feet tall – which makes them very easy to manage.
B) They are the most disease resistant of the sunflower varieties.
C) Both varieties have the most delicious seeds.
Since we are in July, let’s see if you know why we began using fireworks to celebrate Independence Day, July 4th – in the U.S.A.
A) Americans like to blow stuff up.
B) To mimic rockets being fired at the enemy in a war.
C) A morale booster.
D) Our government wanted a really big show for their July 4th celebrations.
E) We wanted to give China financial support – so, we started buying their fireworks.
I hope you found this little quiz fun and enlightening. Did you have to visit the answer page? Or, did you know all or most of the answers yourself?
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