Jim’s May 2018 Garden Answers

 

May 2018 Garden Answers

Look for the answers to the May 2018 Quiz in The Perfect Vegetable Garden or, just take advantage of the answers to this month’s quiz being listed below…


 

Answer to Question #1

C) Mix it directly into the compost pile.

Three bin composting system.

Seaweed is a great fertilizer for “landlubbing” gardens!  And, Jim says that, even though you can use it to directly mulch your garden, there is a danger that, unless it is composted first, it will rob the plants’ soil of needed nitrogen – so, he recommends adding it to the compost pile to let it decompose.

This answer is found in Use Seaweed To Fertilize Your Backyard Garden.

 

 

Answer to Question #2

B) False

Happy, content, serene.

Research suggests that gardening actually can relieve depression and anxiety – as well as create a sense of calm and serenity.  Evidence of dementia in senior citizen gardeners is also known to decrease.

This answer is found in Gardening Is A Healthy Hobby – And, You Get Food!



 

Answer to Question #3

D) Invite predators to take up residence close to your garden.

Fake Owl Decoy for Gardens

Shooting the pigeons will just get rid of a few and more will come to take their place – the same with firecrackers and a water hose.

But, if you lure some bird predators, such as owls to nest in your area, those pesky pigeons will get the message and move on to a safer environment – never to return.

You can build or buy an owl house – or, you can purchase a very realistic fake owl decoy that can really scare them away!

This answer is found in Pigeons Are Not A Gardener’s Friend.



 

Answer to Question #4

B) The water timer is attached directly to the outside garden faucet and the water pressure regulator is attached to the timer.Hookup to the outside water faucet for garden soaker hoses.

This is the proper setup according to the water timer instructions.  And, yes, these two accessories are definitely meant to work together – a good water pressure regulator is necessary to keep the water pressure from bursting the soaker hose network.

This answer if found in Jim’s Garden Adventure 2018 Chapter 5 “Planted, Mulched, and Soaker Hosed!”

 

 

 

 

 


 

Answer to Question #5

B) False

Wheat straw bales at a local feed store.

A direct quote from Jim, the Lifelong Gardener:

“Stay away from the much cheaper pine straw.  These bales don’t hold the moisture and they don’t break down quickly enough – meaning you’ll have a mess to clean up at the end of the growing season since they are not ‘compost friendly’.” 

And, Jim does not recommend hay bales – because more often than not they contain a lot of weed seeds.

This answer is found in Straw Bale Gardening – No Muss – No Fuss.



 

Answer to Question #6

C) It may contain a great number of toxins and heavy metals that could be absorbed into the garden plants.

Seaweed on an ocean beach.

Yes, it is true, Mother Nature has blessed us with fresh water seaweed – and it does have nutrients that would be good for your garden veggies.  However, the streams that feed into these fresh water lakes may have manufacturing companies upstream that could be dumping any number of vile chemicals into the water – and the seaweed will indeed absorb whatever is in the water.  Thus, it is sensible to stick with ocean seaweed.

This answer is found in Use Seaweed To Fertilize Your Backyard Garden.



 

Answer to Question #7

B) A garden implement designed for removing weeds.Hula Hoe

To anyone who thought a “Hula Hoe” was a Hawaiian hooker, I just have one thing to say, “This is a gardening website – not a dating website.

This answer is found in Gardening Is A Healthy Hobby – And, You Get Food!



 

Answer to Question #8

C) 2 weeks.Wheat Straw Bale

You can’t plant veggies into the straw bales immediately – they need to be decomposed first.  And, the process of soaking them with water and prepping them with plant food takes a couple of weeks.  But, it’s worth it!

This answer is found in Straw Bale Gardening – No Muss – No Fuss.



 

Answer to Question #9

E) None of the above.

CosmosGeraniumsThyme

 

 

 

 

While marigolds and nasturtiums are beneficial plants that work well with veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes – and squash is a good ground cover to help keep the ground free weeds and pests – the best plants to ward off earworms are cosmos, geraniums, or thyme.

Alternatively, if you wait until the corn has been pollinated – the silk turns reddish-brown – you can put a few drops of mineral oil on the corn ears to protect them.

This answer is found in Corn – Gotta Love It!



 

Answer to Question #10

C) The carrots are drenched in chlorine, which, in large doses, can sicken or kill humans.Chlorine chemical

Scary, isn’t it?  When I found this out, it sure made me think twice about eating baby carrots again.  But, giving carrots a chlorine bath to kill micro-organisms like E.coli is a standard industry practice – and, it is used for other select veggies as well.

In their defense, I have to say that the producers of baby-cut carrots, or baby carrots, wash off the chlorine with potable water before packaging – but, how much of that chlorine is still soaked into the carrots?  That chlorine bath is what gives the carrots their moist and bright orange appearance – as well as their extra crispness!

This answer is found in Carrots – Doesn’t Everybody Love Them?



 

Answer to BONUS QUESTION

How can you transform the word, “DINER”, into the word, “MENUS”, by changing one letter at a time and forming another English word each time you change a letter?

This is a bit of a head scratcher – I know, it was for me.  There are several ways to accomplish this transition.  Here is one of them:

DINER
MINER
MINES
MINUS
MENUS

 

 

How was your score?  If you got 8 or more correct, I would say you are a MASTER GARDENER!  If you got half of the questions right, you probably fall into the category of an APPRENTICE GARDENER.  Less than half – it might help you to spend a little more time reading gardening articles here, in The Perfect Vegetable Garden.

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

 

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener

 

2 thoughts on “Jim’s May 2018 Garden Answers

  1. Marita Reply

    Hi Jim,

    You’ve got a very interesting article here.

    I learned new ideas such as using seaweed as a fertilizer. Are they not expensive to use?

    Gardening definitely gives us a sense of calm and serenity. And we feel very productive as well.

    I also got scared with the baby carrots being drenched in chlorine. Good to know that they wash them thoroughly before packing them. And we also have to wash them fully again before eating them or cooking them. I’m sure by doing this we are safe.

    Thanks for the very informative post.

    Marita

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Marita,

      Using seaweed as a garden fertilizer is a very inconsequential cost compared with the returns in healthy, tasty veggies.

      In my article, Use Seaweed To Fertilize Your Backyard Garden, you will see how to gather seaweed along an ocean beach for free – and, if you don’t live near the ocean, I’ve supplied several quality, yet inexpensive, seaweed fertilizers that will work wonders with your vegetable garden.

      As far as the baby carrots drenched in chlorine – if you take a look at Carrots – Doesn’t Everybody Love Them? – you may not be convinced that you can wash ALL the chlorine out before you eat those carrots.  Take a look and judge for yourself.

      Thanks, for stopping by…

      Jim

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