Jim’s November 2018 Garden Answers

November 2018 Garden Answers

You will find all the answers for the November 2018 Quiz right here – on this page.  These answers are shown in greater detail in posts found throughout The Perfect Vegetable Garden.

 

Answer to Question #1

The question was: How close to indoor plants must I position grow lights?  A) It doesn’t matter, B) Between 2 and 4 inches is best, C) Between 2 and 4 feet, or D) Close enough to touch the plants.

The correct answer is:

B) Between 2 and 4 inches is best.Eye hooks were placed on each side of the grow light board.

The closer the better – so, a couple of inches is ideal.  And, using eyehooks, the lights can be raised or lowered easily and quickly without doing a lot of fumbling around.

If you keep the lights a couple of feet or more above the plants, there won’t be enough light to spurn plant growth.

But, be careful – don’t let the lights touch the plants – the bulbs get a little warm and will burn the leaves very quickly!

 

This answer is found in Jim’s Garden Adventure 2018 Chapter 8 “Growin’ Veggies Indoors.”

 

 

Answer to Question #2

The question was: What is the most cost effective and efficient way to increase the amount of light emitted from grow lights in an indoor garden?  A) Add more grow lights, B) Place mirrors around the growing area, or C) Line the growing area with aluminum foil.

The correct answer is:

C) Line the growing area with aluminum foil.Roof board and a lot of aluminum foil!

You could use mirrors – but, the cost would be outrageous to completely mirror the growing area.  Besides, I don’t think I would want to take a chance breaking them around my veggie plants.

And [tongue-in-cheek], I wouldn’t want to take all the broken mirror pieces outside at night – and, bury them under the light of a full moon to avoid 7 years’ bad luck!  Of course, this is just an ancient superstition.

Adding extra grow lights would also be a waste – in both money and the amount of extra space taken up by the extra lighting.  In my indoor growing configuration, there actually wouldn’t be enough room to add the extra lighting.

Aluminum foil – with the shiny side out will do the trick quite nicely.  Just make sure to use the shiny side for light reflection.  It is much better than using the dull side of the foil.

 

This answer is found in Jim’s Garden Adventure 2018 Chapter 8 “Growin’ Veggies Indoors.”

 

 

Answer to Question #3

The question was: How much light is needed per day for healthy plants to grow in an indoor garden? A) 4 hours, B) 8 hours, C) 16 hours, or D) 24 hours.

The correct answer is:

C) 16 hours.Cranky plant didn't get enough sleep.

Anything less than 16 hours won’t give the plants enough “sunlight” time to successfully go through the process of photosynthesis.

But, they still need their 8 hours of sleep each night – so, leaving the lights on 24 hours a day would only create cranky and unhealthy plants!

 

This answer is found in Jim’s Garden Adventure 2018 Chapter 8 “Growin’ Veggies Indoors.”

 

 

Answer to Question #4

The question was: Is it good enough to use garden soil instead of potting mix for plants growing in an indoor garden? A) Yes or B) No.

The correct answer is:

B) NoUse potting mix for indoor plants.

The garden soil will compact too much after a couple of watering – and the roots will have a hard time working their way down through the hard soil.  Potting mix will stay mostly soft and loose.

 

This answer is found in Jim’s Garden Adventure 2018 Chapter 8 “Growin’ Veggies Indoors.”

 

 

Answer to Question #5

The question was: Garden soil will supply nutrition to plants for about 3 months.  How long will a quality potting mix supply nutrition to the plants? A) The same, B) 6 months, C) A year, or D) It doesn’t supply any additional nutrients – plant food must be added.

The correct answer is:

B) 6 months.Miracle Gro Potting Mix

A good quality potting mix, like Miracle Gro, will feed the plants for up to 6 months – and the typical garden soil is only good for 3 months at the most.

 

 

 

This answer is found in Jim’s Garden Adventure 2018 Chapter 8 “Growin’ Veggies Indoors.”

 

 

Answer to Question #6

The question was: Is it the best solution to buy high priced lawn care products to keep the yard in top notch condition? A) Yes – but, buy only the best – because, you get what you pay for, or B) No – there are effective solutions that are much cheaper.

The correct answer is:

B) No – there are effective solutions that are much cheaper.

A good generic all purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer.Spectracide Weed Stop – with Crabgrass Killer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is much kinder to the pocketbook if you use a general 10-10-10 fertilizer and a good weed killer like Spectracide Weed Stop.  If you utilize them correctly – at the intervals needed throughout the year – you will actually have a much healthier lawn at a fraction of the cost.

 

This answer is found in Contrary To Popular Belief – You Do Not Need Expensive Lawn Treatments.

 

 

Answer to Question #7

The question was: Treating the lawn once each year to fertilize it and kill the weeds is sufficient.  Additional treatments are unnecessary and a waste of time and money. A) True or B) False.

The correct answer is:

B) False

Fertilize in early spring, mid summer, and early fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three fertilizer treatments – one in the early spring – one in midsummer – and one in the early fall – will give a lawn the nourishment it needs year ‘round.  Therefore, a beautiful, healthy looking lawn will be realized.

Use weed killer in early spring and early fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two weed killer treatments across the entire lawn – early spring – and, early fall – will do the trick.  But, keep some around for the occasional spot treatment that typically occur sporadically.  You never know when those pesky “activist” weeds will pop up – it depends on what the neighborhood birds have been eating lately.  Get the picture?

 

This answer is found in Contrary To Popular Belief – You Do Not Need Expensive Lawn Treatments.

 

 

Answer to Question #8

The question was: Which of the following vegetables were once commonly used to add red coloring to wine? A) Red cabbage, B) Tomatoes, C) Beets, D) Red chili pepper, or E) None of the above – only fruits are used to add coloring to wine.

The correct answer is:

C) Beets

Beet colored wine.

For the life of me, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of using any type of cabbage, tomatoes, or chili peppers used for wine coloring.  And, if only fruits – other than those used to create the wine – were used, they would radically change the wine’s bouquet.

Beets were used as a red wine coloring up to the mid-nineteenth century – because the tiny bit of beet flavor gave the wine a robustness that was enjoyed by many wine lovers at the time.  Later on, other products that didn’t add additional flavors were created to do the job.

 

This answer is found in Nothing Beats Growing Beets.

 

 

Answer to Question #9

The question was: I ate some beets and I just saw a lot of red or pink liquid when using the commode.  It looks like blood.  What should I do? A) You are bleeding – go see a doctor, B) You are having an allergic reaction to the beets, or C) It happens sometimes – after eating beets – nothing to see here – move along.

The correct answer is:

C) It happens sometimes – after eating beets – nothing to see here – move along.

Betanin will color urine red.

What you are seeing is most likely beet juice.  Betanin is the red color component derived from beets.  It isn’t broken down by your body’s digestive system – consequently, it is passed as a waste product.  However, if you still see red a couple of days after eating beets, a call to your physician might be warranted.

Beets have been known to aggravate someone with kidney stones or intestinal flu.  Allergic reaction to beets can cause rashes and itchiness.

 

This answer is found in Nothing Beats Growing Beets.

 

 

Answer to Question #10

The question was: What is kohlrabi? A) A cabbage turnip, B) A Jewish department store, C) Ancient Middle Eastern eye makeup, or D) All the above.

The correct answer is:

A) A cabbage turnip.

Kohlrabi harvesting

The name, kohlrabi, is actually from German – and means “cabbage turnip.”

There is a department store named Kohl’s (without the “rabi”) – but, I’ve never heard of a store named “Kohl Rabi” or “Kohl Rabbi” – have you?

Kohl (without the “rabi”) is an ancient eye cosmetic that was once used prolifically to contour and darken eye lids and eye lashes – primarily in the Middle East, parts of Africa, and South Asia.

 

This answer is found in Wanna Grow Somethin’ Different?  Then, Kohlrabi Is Your Answer!

 

 

Answer to BONUS QUESTION

The question was: A Prisoner of War (POW) is must make a choice between 2 doors.  Behind one door is a man with a gun who will kill him.  Behind the other door is $10 million dollars and signed papers to release him from prison.  Two men are standing in front of the doors – one is a liar – and one only tells the truth – but, the POW doesn’t know which is which.  The POW can only ask one question – directed to only one of the men.  What question should he ask – and which of the men should he ask – to get money and freedom – without getting killed?

The correct answer is:

Prisoner of war - missing in action flag.

The POW can ask either man this same question:

If I asked the other man which door has the money and freedom, what would be his answer?

If the POW asks the liar this exact question – he will lie about what the truth teller would say – since the truth teller would tell the truth about the correct door, the liar would tell you that it is the other door.  So, the POW should pick the opposite door from what the liar says.

If he asks the truth teller this same precise inquiry – he will truthfully say the wrong door – since the liar would lie about the correct door.  So, again, the POW should pick the opposite door from what the truth teller says.

 

Now, doesn’t that just twist your brain into a tight, little knot?

 

How did you do?  Were there any head scratchers?  I bet there were – I know I had to think twice on a few of them, myself.

Don’t forget to toss me a comment or email.  I love suggestions, stories, or any thoughts you may have to improve The Perfect Vegetable Garden.

 

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener

jim@perfect-vegetable-garden.com

2 thoughts on “Jim’s November 2018 Garden Answers

  1. Chris Reply

    Well you learn something new every day…

    I’m not a fan of beetroot (beets), as I managed to stain one of my favourite coats with beet juice from a salad a few years back…nothing will remove that stain (and I’ve avoided them for spite ever since!). 

    I had no idea, however, that beet juice could not be digested – this explains a lot when it comes to stains (no wonder they are so hard to remove). Do you think the betanin is also the reason why this juice stains so easily?

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Chris,

      The betanin is exactly why this juice can make that dreaded red stain – but, never fear – there are ways to remove it from your clothes.

      As soon as the beet juice attacks your clothes, immediately daub the spot with cold, icy water.  If you can run the clothes under a cold faucet, that’s great.  Just keep running water through it as you knead it with your fingers – always moving toward the middle of the stain (not outward) – that will keep the stain from getting larger.  A sponge soaked with cold water will work, too – daubing it repeatedly and constantly rinsing the sponge between times.

      If the stain gets through a wash and a dry, try using a sponge soaked with a combination of one part ammonia, 4 parts water, and a half dozen drops of dishwashing liquid.  Test the solution on a non visible area first to make sure that it will not damage the clothes.

      If all else fails, take it to the dry cleaners and explain to them what the stain is.  They can most assuredly get it out!

      Jim

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