Jim’s March 2019 Garden Questions

March 2019 Garden Questions

Here we go again – ooooh – ooooh – ooooh.  Answer if you can – ooooh – ooooh – ooooh.

This quiz covers most of the stuff discussed recently within the pages of The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  Wanna cheat or get a sneak peek at the answers?  Head on over to March 2019 Garden Answers.

Now – have at it – and, have fun!


Question 1Inspecting for color and shape of cape gooseberries.

In shape and color, Cape Gooseberries look mostly like:

A) Golden globes of sunshine.

B) Road apples.

C) Baby cucumbers.

D) None of the above.


Answer For Question #1



Question 2

Does a pine tree plus blueberries equal pineberries?Does pineapple plus strawberries equal pineberries?

Are pineberries made from genetically modified fruit?

Pineberries were created by:

A) Crossing a pine tree with a blueberry.

B) Crossing a pineapple with a strawberry.

C) Genetic modification.

D) None of the above.


Answer For Question #2



Question 3

What stuff makes up dirt?

The basic structure of soil is composed of 3 elements:

A) Salty, sweet, and clammy.

B) Sandy, silty, and clay.

C) Peaty, chalky, and loamy.

D) Both “A” and “C”.


Answer For Question #3



Question 4

Soil microbes

Besides containing a host of minerals, soil also contains microbes.  Just how many microbes do you think are in a teaspoon of soil?

A) Almost none – you would have to gather up at least a gallon of soil to get a valid microbe count.

B) Anywhere from a few – to the population of a small Midwestern city.

C) More than the population of Mother Earth.


Answer For Question #4



Question 5

Is the organic layer called the "O" blanket?

Soil around the world is layered.  Each layer is identified by a letter.  The soil surface contains plants and partially decomposed organic matter and is represented by the letter “O” – for organic.  The “O” layer is actually referred to as:

A) The “O” blanket.

B) The “O” sheet.

C) The “O” horizon.

D) This is a trick question. It’s referred to as the “O” layer – DUH!

E) None of the above.


Answer For Question #5



Question 6

Which part is the New England area for soil analysis?

If I were analyzing soil in the New England area, I would be talking about dirt in which of the following groups of states?

A) New Jersey,New York, and Pennsylvania.

B) Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

C) Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

D) Arizona,Colorado,Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

E) All of the above.

F) None of the above.


Answer For Question #6



Question 7An Indian tribal member in the New England area.

In the New England area, Windsor, Paxton, Chesuncook, Marlow, Narragansett, Tunbridge are names of:

A) Famous soil scientists.

B) State soils.

C) Indian tribes that inhabited the New England area.

D) Past state governors.


Answer For Question #7



Question 8

South American rain forest.

What the heck is arugula anyway?

A) A very rare fruit that can only be found in the wilds of the rain forests of South America.

B) A method of purging diseases veggies from a home garden.

C) The term used in India to describe the long and loud belching that accompanies enjoyment of meals.

D) A peppery tasting, leafy veggie.

E) Rocket.

F) Both “D” and “E.”


Answer For Question #8



Question 9Grape sized cucamelons

Folks in Mexico and Central America call this edible plant “sandiita” – translated as “little watermelon.”  Hence, this pint-sized food belongs to the squash family.

A) True

B) False


Answer For Question #9



Question 10Ripe lemon cucumber.

The lemon cucumber gets its name because, along with a cucumber flavor, its taste has a hint of lemon to it.

A) True

B) False


Answer For Question #10




Jim, Jack, and Jake try to divide up the beer.

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener, and his 2 brothers, Jack and Jake, were working hard and sweating a lot in Jim’s garden – getting it ready for spring plantin’.  They were all looking forward to finishing the job so they could sit back, drink a little of Jim’s home brewed beer, and admire their work.

When the work was completed, Jim brought out 21 Mason jars – 7 of which were completely filled with his home brewed beer.  Another 7 jars were half filled with beer – and the final 7 jars were empty.

They had no measuring devices available.  So, keeping that in mind, how can the beer and the jars be divided “exactly” equally among the 3 brothers?





Getting tougher as the months roll on, aren’t they?  If you’ve read the articles over the last several months, the answers came easy I bet!

Comment below or email me with suggestions for future articles or quiz questions.


Jim, the Lifelong Gardener


4 thoughts on “Jim’s March 2019 Garden Questions

  1. Sonia Karel Reply

    I love this gardening site. This is an interesting concept for a web page, I like that you can test yourself. This way I won’t forget what I have just learned about, and you definitely put out some great information for the average gardener to know. It absolutely helps with retaining the information, so I really think that the quizzes are helpful and a unique idea. 

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Sonia,

      I’m honored and humbled that you enjoy the March 2019 garden test.  Head on over to Jim’s Garden Quizzes and you’ll find many other tests and  corresponding answer sheets that will challenge your knowledge and understanding of the gardening process!


  2. Jill Reply

    Hi Jim. I found this great fun as well as made me think. What an unusual post. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Living in Cape Town, there was no mistaking what Cape gooseberries look like.

    I know that there are millions of microbes in the soil. That is why I always wear gloves when gardening.

    Wish I could find more earthworms. It is a mystery why I can’t find earthworms in the small allotment I have been allocated at the apartment at the retirement home where I live now.

    I had so many earthworms in my garden at the house and I know how important they are to good soil.

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Jill,

      Cape Gooseberries are prolific in many parts of South Africa – almost as much as in South America.

      It is always a good idea to wear gardening gloves because of the possibility of toxic bacteria that may lurk in the soil.  However, most of the bacteria – as well as other types of microbes – nematodes, protozoa, fungi, and actinomycetes – that are beneficial to plants are not harmful on contact with human skin.  Just be sure to wash your hands before eating.

      You can encourage earthworms by keeping an active compost pile.  It’s a great way to recycle food scraps and grass clippings – and turn them into natural fertilizer for next season’s garden!

      You can also purchase earthworms to get your own worm farm going in your compost pile!


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