Jim’s March 2018 Garden Answers

 

March 2018 Garden Answers

All of the answers to this quiz can be found within the pages of The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  Some may be disputed, based on the area of the world but, for the most part, they were arrived at through a general consensus of botanists and home gardeners.

If you lost the question page, click on: March 2018 Garden Questions.  For more tests to measure your garden savvy, visit Jim’s Garden Quizzes.


 

Answer to Question #1

According to home gardeners, especially in the United States, what is the most popular food to grow in a home garden?

C) Tomatoes

Tomatoes on the vine.

 

 

 

Although cucumbers, corn, and peppers are very popular foods grown by home gardeners, tomatoes are typically chosen to be the most popular plants to grow in a backyard garden or a container garden.

Many people, who have learned how to grow cucumber plants in their backyard garden, view growing cukes to be almost as popular as tomatoes.

The answer is found in Growing Tomatoes.

 

 

 



 

Answer to Question #2

This healthy and nutritious vegetable was well regarded by the Egyptians 3,000 years before Christ.  It was drawn on ancient wall murals, viewed as an aphrodisiac, and offered to the Egyptian gods.  What is its name?

B) Asparagus

Asparagus

You really don’t think that any “bad breath enabler” such as onions or garlic would be classy enough to offer to the gods, do you?

Asparagus shoots were the spears of the ancients…widely desired by them as a tasty delicacy and a one-stop vegetable for nutrition and medical applications (curing everything from a toothache to heart disease), as well as an aphrodisiac.

This 5,000+ year old veggie is discussed as far back as 3,000 B.C. where it was depicted on an Egyptian wall mural as an offering to the gods.

The answer is found in Growing Asparagus.



 

Answer to Question #3

There are a number of garden crops that are botanically classified as fruits, even though they are seen and used as vegetables.  Name two of them:

The most obvious garden crops to me are tomatoes and cucumbers.

Fruiting Group

Common garden veggies that are actually classified as fruits are cucumbers, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, and tomatoes.  There are others, of course.

The basic rule is:

If the food you eat has seeds on the inside or outside (i.e. strawberries), it is botanically classified as a fruit.  Though your local gourmet chef may argue that many of them are veggies!  TIP:  Don’t dispute this fact with chefs (or my wife) – all of which are known to be temperamental cooks with access to very sharp knives!

Fruits are the ripened ovaries of flowering plants – and vegetables, which do not contain seeds, are the edible parts of a plant which can include, but are not limited to, their leaves, stems, roots, tubers, bulbs, etc., or any combinations thereof.

The answer is found in How To Plan A Backyard Garden.



 

Answer to Question #4

Determinate tomatoes can grow 6 to 10 feet.  They will grow continually throughout the growing season, producing tomatoes until the first cold frost kills them.  This statement is:

B) FALSE

Indeterminate Tomatoes

Actually, that definition is for indeterminate tomatoes.

Determinate or “bush” tomatoes grow to 4 or 5 feet and stop growing when the fruit starts to set on the plant.  All the plant’s tomatoes will ripen about the same time, usually within a couple of weeks.  Then, the plant dies.  These are especially good for growing in container pots but, I always add some to my backyard garden.

The answer is found in Growing Tomatoes.



 

Answer to Question #5

Who is the most famous person to express their hatred and loathing for broccoli?

President George H. W. Bush

President George H.W. Bush

On 22 March, 1990, at a White House news conference, President Bush said:

“This is the last statement I’m going to have on broccoli.  There are truckloads of broccoli this very minute descending on Washington.

My family is divided.  I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.

But, Bar—, wait a minute!  For the broccoli vote out there, Barbara loves broccoli.  She’s tried to make me eat it.  She eats it all the time herself.  So, she can go out and meet the caravan of broccoli coming into Washington!”

 

Now that’s true broccoli bête-noir and abhorrence, isn’t it?  I go along with H.W.’s sentiments.

The answer is found in Growing Broccoli.



 

Answer to Question #6

What is the purpose of using soil inoculants in a garden?

A) Add bacteria to the soil to increase resistance to plant diseases.

 Soil InoculantSoil inoculants, also called a microbial inoculants, introduce nitrogen-fixing bacteria to the soil for the purpose of improving plant growth and increasing resistance to some plant diseases such as powdery mildew, leaf spot, and root rot.  The bacteria converts nitrogen from the air to a form that can be accessed by plant roots.

Removing bacteria produces the exact opposite effect since bacteria are critical to enhancing the nutrient levels in the soil.

Now, does anyone really think that making the soil smell better has anything to do with producing better tasting veggies?  I surely hope not.

The answer is found in Growing Green Beans.



 

Answer to Question #7

Of the 4 basic plant groups, which one reaps the most benefit from soil inoculants?

B) Legumes group.

Vegetables in the legumes group benefit the most from soil inoculants.

The answer is found in Growing Green Beans.



 

Answer to Question #8

Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, peppers, squash, and watermelons belong to which of the 4 basic plant groups?

C) Fruiting group.

 The root vegetable group includes carrots.The leafy vegetable group includes lettuce, herbs, cabbage, spinach, and other greens.

The legumes group contains veggies such as corn, peas, snow peas, lima beans, green beans, and edamame.

And, the root vegetable group is home to “root vegetables” such as onions, turnips, carrots, garlic, beets, and radishes.

The answer is found in How To Plan A Backyard Garden.

 

 

Answer to Question #9

How many ears of corn can we normally expect to harvest from one corn plant – on the average?  Choose the best answer.

B) Just 1 – but maybe 2 if we’re lucky.

No more than 2 ears per corn plant.

The Good News – corn picked from a home garden tastes heavenly.

The Bad News – each stalk will only produce ONE ear…maybe TWO, if you’re lucky.  Planting corn that matures late can increase the chances that the plant will produce two ears.

The answer is found in Growing Corn.

 



 

Answer to Question #10

What is an indication that an ear of corn is ripe for picking?

E) Both A and C.

Ripe corn ear with reddish brown silk.

When the corn ears are growing, they have pointed ends.  Ripe, mature ends are rounded or blunted.  Also, the corn silk has not only turned from white to brown, or reddish-brown, but it also gets very dry since it has detached from the kernels.

If the ear shows all these indications, then grab hold of it, pull downward in a twisting motion, and snap it off the plant.  It is most likely ready for the pot.

If you have doubts that these visual clues of ripeness aren’t enough, gently peel back part of the husk and look at the kernels.  Seeing is believing!  Are most of the kernels soft and juicy-looking?  Then, pick it!

TIP:  I will normally remove the husks while in the garden and check the ears for earworms.  If I find these little critters, I cut off the section of the ear containing them and the rest of the ear is fine for my dinner table.

The answer is found in Growing Corn.



 

Answer to BONUS QUESTION

Without using a calculator – answer the following question:

You are driving a Greyhound bus from New York City to Los Angeles.  In NYC, 28 people got on the bus.  In Chicago, 8 people get on the bus and 12 people get off.  In Denver, 3 people get off and 9 people get on.  During a quick stop in Las Vegas, 13 people get off the bus and 11 people get on.  In Phoenix, 6 people get on the bus and 7 people get off.  In San Diego, 4 people get off the bus and 5 get on.  You finally arrive in Los Angeles.  What was the name of the bus driver?

Aren’t YOU driving the bus? 

Greyhound Bus sign

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t you remember your own name?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did you do?

In my humble opinion, if you got at least 8 out of 10 correct, you are worthy of the title, “Master Gardener.”  If you were able to answer half of the questions accurately, you would be considered as having an acceptable amount of gardening knowledge.  But, if you got 6 or more answers wrong, maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board and do a little in depth reading here at The Perfect Vegetable Garden.

Comment below or email me, jim@perfect-vegetable-garden.com.

 

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener

4 thoughts on “Jim’s March 2018 Garden Answers

  1. CalvinC Reply

    I hope your wife use the knives for cooking only, Lol.

    I’m not really a gardener, but my father is, he has a pretty nice garden. But I’ve learned some really interesting things today.

    The answer to question 3 really make sense, I would never think about it this way. Great tip.

    I agree with you for the answer 6, growing good plants and fruits have more to do with the quality of the soil than making it smell better. The weather is also an important factor in my opinion.

    What kind of weather do you think is good for growing corn? How many types of corns can we find? My father grows corns in his garden in Cambodia and it grows really well. The weather there is very hot and sometimes heavy rain. The corns he harvests is pretty short, pretty sweet. What kind of corn do you think it is?

    Nice post very informative, the sense of humor is welcome.

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Calvin,

      So far, my wife is only using her knives for cooking.  But, I should probably keep one eye open, don’t you think?  LOL! 

      Visit my page on how to grow corn for some in-depth information for successfully growing healthy tasty corn.  I list some seed varieties that grow well in all hardiness zones 4 and higher.  I think Cambodia’s hardiness zone is above 10 – so, the varieties listed should work well.  However, you may want to see what the local farmers are growing as they may have some varieties that work much better in that area.

      Jim

  2. Calvin Reply

    Thank you, Jim

    I will take a look. I’m not a pro like you, but gardening is something that interests me.

    You can grow a lot of things in Cambodia, it grows very well. I think farmers don’t always realize what to do with their plants, so they sell them pretty cheap. It’s a pity because these peoples are not rich, a better education about the plants can help them get more benefits from their hard works.

    I’m interested to do something about that matter later, but I don’t really have the time for now and I’m not a pro as I said, but I will try to learn more starting with your website.

    Thank you and have a good continuation.

    • Jim Post authorReply

      Calvin, through information gleaned from my website, the Cambodian farmers could learn how to recycle many things for household use or, at least for compost. Within these pages they can also learn what to do with vegetable throw away parts.

      So, whatever they don’t sell at the marketplace they can still make good use of!

      Jim

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