Jim’s July 2019 Garden Questions

July 2019 Garden Questions

Due to unforeseen events (deer invading my garden – to name one), it’s been a few months since the last question and answer posts.  But – back by popular demand, here we are again – straight out of recent posts in The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  Zip on over to July 2019 Garden Answers if you get stumped – or you just want to get the down and dirty results.


Question 1 

An achocha mouse?

Achocha is also known as:

A) A Mexican rodent-like creature

B) A South American game – much like soccer

C) Caigua – A vine growing fruit eaten as a vegetable

D) Bolivian cucumber

E) Both “C)” and “D)”

F) None of the above


Answer For Question #1



Question 2

Eight ball flying across a pool table.

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener, loves – loves – loves – Eight Ball!  What is he referring to?

A) Jim must like to play pool – and Eight Ball is his main game!

B) Maybe he thinks he is “behind the Eight Ball?”

C) I think he is talking about some kinda food!

D) All the above.

E) None of the Above.


Answer For Question #2



Question 3

Aslan - of Narnia fame.

Jarrahdale is a mythical place in the land of Narnia.  Just ask Aslan – Narnia’s famous lion!  This statement is:

A) True

B) False


Answer For Question #3



Question 4

The Rocky Mountain range.

The North Georgia Candy Roaster is a colorful squash with its origins in:

A) The northernmost section of the Rocky Mountain range.

B) Ohio

C) Alabama

D) South Carolina

E) The southeastern section of the Appalachian Mountain range.


Answer For Question #4



Question 5

Flying saucer retrieving a child's spinning top.

What squash looks like a flying saucer – or a child’s spinning top?

A) A Queensland Blue Australian Squash

B) A Blue Hubbard Squash

C) A Pattypan Squash

D) Zucchini Squash.


Answer For Question #5



Question 6What squash looks like a trombone?

What type of squash does this trombone remind you of?

A) Tromboncino

B) Red Kuri

C) Sweet Potato Squash

D) None of the above


Answer For Question #6



Question 7

Barley cover crop

What type of grass did Jim, the Lifelong Gardener, use as a cover crop over the winter?

A) Triticale

B) Barley

C) Buckwheat

D) Oats

E) Cereal Rye

F) Annual Ryegrass

G) None of the above.


Answer For Question #7



Question 8

Clover cover crop

What type of nitrogen fixing legume cover crop was incorporated over the winter by Jim?

A) Alfalfa

B) Clover

C) Peas

D) Beans

E) Vetch

F) None of the above.


Answer For Question #8



Question 9

Is Jim sowing cover crops with a burlap bag - just like Johnny Appleseed?

Putting all his cover crop seeds in a big old burlap sack – with a shoulder sling – Jim spent 2 hours distributing his cover crop seeds throughout the garden.  This statement is:

A) True

B) False


Answer For Question #9



Question 10

Annual Ryegrass - Cover Crop

When should cover crops be cut and tilled into the garden soil?

A) Before they go to seed.

B) After they go to seed.

C) Neither.


Answer For Question #10




I didn't have a 1 cup measuring tool.

I’m baking a cake from scratch and the recipe calls for 4 cups of flour.

If I had a container that would measure one cup (i.e. 8 ounces), life would be good.  But, I only have a 3-cup measuring jug and a 5-cup measuring jug.

What are two (2) different ways for me to accurately measure the 4 cups of flour needed for the cake?





After skipping May and June, the questions are back with a fury and a fever!  Bet you scratched your head on at least a couple of them!

Comments and emails are always accepted!


Jim, the Lifelong Gardener


10 thoughts on “Jim’s July 2019 Garden Questions

  1. C Reply

    Thank you Jim, this was fun. So, a deer in your garden? If a deer came to my garden, I would be honored! 

    I didn’t know the answer to any of the questions!! Except the bonus. You could take the 5 cup, pour it into the 3 cup, and whatever doesn’t fit, you have 2 cups. Do that twice and you get 4 cups. Or you could take the 3 cup, fill it, pour it into the 5 cup. Then fill the 3 cup again, and pour it into the 5 cup again. You’d have 1 cup left over. Do that 4 times. The first method is easier. 

    Thanks Jim, very engaging post. Have a good day!

    • Jim Reply

      You wouldn’t be honored if a dozen deer cane into your garden and ate everything you had – I bet!

      It looks like you came up with your own unique answers to the BONUS question!  Great going!


  2. Abayomi Reply

    Excellent article, the fertile ground benefit the growth of the cash crop and, I think the best way to have a better harvest is great preparation of the land and, also the quality of the seed to plant. I love the house that has a garden because eating fresh food is awesome and healthy. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sharon Reply

    This is so much fun, Jim. What makes you bring Aslan into the picture? Chronicles of Narnia is one of my favourite movies to watch with my kids. And they watched it countless times, they managed to memorize the script.

    It was a fun way of learning different types of squash among others. Thank you!

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Sharon,

      I just thought that Jarrahdale could have been a town in a Narnia story – and, since I’ve been through the entire group of Narnia books and movies with my kids, they seemed to like it, too!


  4. Roxs Reply

    Hi Jim, achocha squash, I’d never heard of it but the description of the taste: a mild cucumber – with a hint of mint and bell pepper. I could taste it….hummmm! Is it about the same consistency as the cucumbers or more like the squash? 

    And the Jarrahdale, I’ll be trying it real soon, I can’t imagine my pumpkin pies being any better though, that sounds like a challenge to me.

    Hey Jim, do you think the tromboncino would grow in the tropics, it being from Italy and all? My husband and I are now getting ready to allocate a plot of land to a vegetable garden, you can’t imagine how excited I am to get started. I’m glad I found your site.

    • Jim Reply

      My wife thinks it’s like a cucumber – but, I feel it is more like a squash.  So, I guess it depends on the person.

      Tromboncino can most definitely be grown in the tropics.  I would, however, limit their exposure to direct sunlight and give them some shade in the late afternoon.


  5. Roxs Reply

    Jim, if that’s the case, I have the perfect spot for it. Being from the Caribbean, it’s hot 🥵 but I live on a breezy hill with lots of sheltering trees so I guess I’ll sort out some seeds. Thanks

    • Jim Post authorReply

      If you are still talking about trying to grow the tromboncino, I think you can be very successful even in the hot, sweltering tropics of the Caribbean!


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