Jim’s June 2018 Garden Answers

 

June 2018 Garden Answers

These are the answers for the June 2018 Quiz, or, you may choose to search through the pages of The Perfect Vegetable Garden to find your answers.

 

Answer to Question #1

B) False

Patriot Products CSV-3100B Wood Chipper Shredder

Unlike the huge $75,000+ Vermeer wood chipper shown on the June quiz page, there are an overabundance of high-quality, low-priced electric and gas wood chipper shredders for the homeowner.  And, they can make short work of tree limbs and other yard waste while creating great mulch for your garden, flower beds, and compost pile!

 

This answer is found in Wood Chipper Shredder Reviews.

 

 

Answer to Question #2

B) Buy

Buy a wood chipper shredder!

Considering the rental cost for a 2 inch diameter wood chipper is about $100 per day – with a $150 deposit, buying a wood chipper shredder for about the same price as a quality weed eater or lawn mower is a smarter move.

And, if you wanted to rent a chipper capable of handling up to 6 inch diameter wood – $260 per day – with a $300 deposit – the decision to buy gets even smarter!

In either case, after a handful of uses, that wood chipper shredder that you purchased will have already paid for itself!

 

This answer is found in Wood Chipper Shredder Reviews.

 

 

Answer to Question #3

D) 96%

That’s right!  A whopping 96%+!  That’s a phenomenal reduction of yard waste using a wood chipper shredder, don’t you think?

 

This answer is found in Sun Joe CF602E Review.

 

 

Answer to Question #4

C) The K52 has a Kohler engine and the K42 has a Briggs and Stratton engine.

Tazz 22754 K52 Wood Chipper ShredderTazz 22753 K42 Chipper Shredder - 205cc 4-Cycle Briggs & Stratton Engine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kohler engine is pretty darn good but, I prefer a Briggs and Stratton engine.  Although, I don’t think the Briggs and Stratton is worth the extra several hundred dollars so, I would probably buy the K52.

 

This answer is found in Tazz 22754 K52 Review.

 

 

Answer to Question #5

A) They can be sharpened.

Dremel 3000-1/25 120-volt Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit

Considering that the cost of new knives can be upwards of $80 to $120, I better be able to sharpen them a few times.  Just make sure to use the right tool.  A Dremel tool works very well.  And, don’t forget to keep the cutting angle as close to 30o as possible – I’ve found that this cutting angle is pretty standard on most electric and gas wood chipper shredders.  But, check with the manufacturer first – in case their knives are honed at a different angle.

 

This answer is found in Patriot Products CSV-2515 Wood Chipper Shredder Review.

 

 

Answer to Question #6

B) False

Patriot Products CSV-3100B Wood Chipper Shredder

The Patriot Products CSV-3100B Gas Powered Chipper Shredder most certainly is a super powerful machine – but, it wasn’t designed for chewing on nails, glass, or barbed wire – or spikes – or rocks – or bricks.  And, I don’t think you want these materials in your garden mulch or compost either, do you?  Sounds like an accident waiting to happen!  Plus, those cutting knives would get dull in a New York minute!

The definition of a “New York minute” – The amount of time between a signal light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn!

 

This answer is found in Patriot Products CSV-3100B Gas Powered Chipper Shredder Review.

 

 

Answer to Question #7

B) Husqvarna

Husqvarna YTH18542

As a matter of fact, I have a Husqvarna YTH18542, which has a 42 inch wide cutting swath and an 18.5 HP Briggs and Stratton engine.  How else can I pull around my Gorilla cart with all my paraphernalia?  No self respecting gardener would be caught without one!

 

This answer is found in Jim’s Garden Adventure 2018 Chapter 6 “Jim’s Garden Goes Growing along!”

 

 

Answer to Question #8

G) He put in A), C), and E).

Straw Bale TomatoesStraw Bale CucumbersStraw Bale Cucumber Growing

 

 

 

 

Yep – I planted determinate tomatoes, bush cucumbers, and eggplant in my straw bale garden this year.  The first 2 are doing great but, the eggplant is slowly recovering from a water-drenched couple of weeks right now.  Hopefully, my eggplant will turn around soon and spark up a bit.

You really don’t want to plant corn or vining green beans in the bales.  Corn gets too tall and needs more dirt or a Three Sisters combination to support them.  Vining green beans need a lot of climbing area – so, trellising them is important.

 

This answer is found in Jim’s Garden Adventure 2018 Chapter 6 “Jim’s Garden Goes Growing along!”

 

 

Answer to Question #9

D) When the plants begin to flower and fruit.

0-0-60 fertilizer

0-0-60 fertilizer is a potassium amendment – designed to hasten and enhance flowering and fruiting stages.  During the early plant growing stage, a standard 10-10-10 fertilizer is adequate to promote plant growth.  But, the veggies need a potassium push when they get ready to offer us some of the fruits of our labor.

 

This answer is found in Jim’s Garden Adventure 2018 Chapter 6 “Jim’s Garden Goes Growing along!”

 

 

Answer to Question #10

C) They keep bad bugs away from tomatoes and cucumbers.

Nasturtiums planted with my tomatoes.Marigolds planted with my cucumbers.Sunflowers will attract pollinators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nasturtiums help keep stink bugs off the tomatoes and the marigolds are a natural nemesis to the dreaded cucumber beetle!  These flowers are excellent at repelling bad bugs.

Additionally, this year, I planted sunflowers to attract my favorite pollinators – the bees – to my garden.  I also enjoy chomping down on salted sunflower seeds while sipping an ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day, don’t you?

 

This answer is found in Jim’s Garden Adventure 2018 Chapter 6 “Jim’s Garden Goes Growing along!”

 

 

Answer to BONUS QUESTION

There were 13 people who died in the elevator crash.  It just had to be lucky number “13”, didn’t it?

Elevator panel - got out on second floor.

 

 

 

 

So, how did I survive?

Well, I got out on the second floor with 2 other people, of course!  Luckily, that’s where the office was located.

 

 

How did you do?  Have you proven yourself to be a fairly well-informed gardener?  Could you be a run of the mill gardener?  Or, are you a newbie in need of more than just an occasional tweak to ensure gardening success?

Whichever the case, take some time to give a once over to the vast amount of information, tips, trips, and stories found here in The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  You will find the content immensely helpful and entertaining – if I do say so myself!

Comments and emails are welcome!

 

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener

jim@perfect-vegetable-garden.com

2 thoughts on “Jim’s June 2018 Garden Answers

  1. Lynn Reply

    Jim, you have some great information here. I do have a question in regards to #10. Do you think those flowers would repel horn worms on tomato plants? I’ve had problems with horn worms. Do you know if there is anything natural that will repel them other than just picking them off the plants? Would those work if they were planted next to the tomatoes?

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