Jim’s October 2018 Garden Questions

October 2018 Garden Questions

We’re into the eighth month of garden questions since they began back in March of this year.  And, as always, the questions can be found in recent posts somewhere inside The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  Some of these questions may be particularly baffling – so, feel free to take a shortcut and click over to the October 2018 Garden Answers for the solutions.

 

Question 1

Hard rain washed the dirt out of my trench.

To divert excessive rain water, Jim dug a 100 foot long trench, added some gravel and a 4 inch perforated pipe – encircled in trench wrap – connected to a drain catch basin.  Then, Jim filled in around and over the pipe with dirt.

Given the fact that the rainy weather has been utterly erratic at best – the finishing touches for Jim’s trench were evidently:

A) Nothing else is necessary. Jim should just open a cold one, sit back, and relax.

B) Just throw some grass seed over the loose dirt – and hope for the best.

C) Put some stepping stones on top of the trench – and add grass seed to the exposed dirt.

D) I have no idea what Jim planned to do. But, I would like to know…

 

Answer For Question #1

 

 

Question 2

Brussels sproutsKale

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can intermix Brussels sprouts with kale – and produce a whole new vegetable.  Is this True or False?

A) True

B) False

 

Answer For Question #2

 

 

Question 3

Blue Tarp

Is there a way to keep garden pests off of my young veggie plants?

A) Naw – you just have to live with it and hope for the best.

B) Throw a tarp over the plants so the bugs can’t see them.

C) Maybe, I can try putting some cardboard boxes or plastic totes over them to keep the critters away.

D) How about using floating row covers?

 

Answer For Question #3

 

 

Question 4

Who are the Rocket Surgeons?

NASA Space Shuttle

A) A rock and rap band.

B) A group of scientists working for NASA.

C) Some doctors who genetically altered a raccoon named Rocket – and made him smart enough for a role in the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

D) None of the above.

 

Answer For Question #4

 

 

Question 5

Doctor Who's Police Box traveling machine.

This is a bit of a trivia question:  Have you ever heard of the British Sci-Fi program called Doctor Who?  One of the actors, who played Doctor Who, wore a plant in his buttonhole.  What was it?

A) An olive.

B) A rose.

C) A carnation.

D) A leafy celery stem.

E) A sprig of parsley.

F) None of the above.

 

Answer For Question #5

 

 

Question 6

Can bananas repel mosquitoes?

Eating which of the following foods may help to repel mosquitoes?

A) Bananas

B) Celery

C) Avocados

D) Dried Fruit

E) Both “A)” and “C)”

F) None of the above

 

Answer For Question #6

 

 

Question 7

Cockroach farming

Insect farming has recently been gaining popularity in North America.  In other parts of the world, it’s been popular for a long, long time.  What is the most popular insect to farm?

A) Cockroaches

B) Silkworms

C) Bees

D) Cochineal insects

E) Lady bugs

F) Crickets

 

Answer For Question #7

 

 

Question 8

Cochineal insects on a prickly pear cactus.

Cochineal insects are farmed for the red dye – carmine – they produce.  How many of these insects do you think must be crushed to produce 5 pounds of their one-of-a-kind scarlet pigment?

A) 35

B) 350

C) 3,500

D) 35,000

E) 350,000

 

Answer For Question #8

 

 

Question 9

Brightly colored bugs are not good to eat.

If you are ever in a situation where worms and insects are your only sources of food, don’t eat any that are colored black, brown, or dark green – they could be poisonous.  Stick with bugs that are brightly colored and cheerful looking.

A) True

B) False

 

Answer For Question #9

 

 

Question 10

Honey and honeycomb

Since bees only produce honey – and, they don’t eat it – all this glorious sweet, sticky stuff can be removed at any time – as it is just getting in the way of the bees trying to enjoy a pristine, uncontaminated beehive home.  Getting the honey out of their way is part of keeping the hive clean and healthy for the bees.

A) True

B) False

 

Answer For Question #10

 

 

BONUS QUESTION

A brain-teaser:

Plane crash.

Two decades ago, a passenger plane was flying over Germany at about 20,000 feet.  Back in those days, Germany was separated into East and West – with a buffer zone between them called, “No Man’s Land.”

The plane, departing from the East German airport – and expecting to land in West Germany – developed engine trouble.  The pilot made the hard assessment to perform a disastrous crash landing right smack dab in the middle of No Man’s Land – not quite making it to the West German airport.

So, the question is – where should the survivors be buried?  In East Germany – since that was the country where the plane took off?  In No Man’s Land – since that is where the plane crashed?  Or, in West Germany – since that was the plane’s intended destination?

 

Answer For BONUS QUESTION

 

 

What’s your reaction to this month’s quiz in The Perfect Vegetable Garden?  Did you find yourself checking out the answer page?

Comments are appreciated and helpful – so, don’t be shy!

 

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener

jim@perfect-vegetable-garden.com

10 thoughts on “Jim’s October 2018 Garden Questions

  1. Shy Reply

    It was interesting to learn that brussel sprouts and kale could produce a new vegetable called flower sprouts.

    I did know that some plants could be spliced together but I never really thought about that happening with vegetables.

    ewwww eating bugs is gross.

    I knew the answer to the last one, that is still kinda funny though.

    • Jim Reply

      A lot of other folks don’t believe that it’s possible to combine Brussels sprouts and kale to make a new vegetable – so, you’re not alone.

      I agree with you – eating bugs is more than a bit unpleasant.  But, if push comes to shove, I know I will do what it takes to survive – as I’m sure others will, too!

      Jim

  2. glenda Reply

    Hi,

    Absolutely loved this Jim’s October 2018 Garden Questions. I enjoyed reading and answering each question at the sametime learnt new stuff all about garden. You have an unique kind of approach that truly gets the reader’s attention by giving them questions to answer and keep them engage to your article. Thank you for this Garden Questions.

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Glenda,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed my assortment of questions this month!  I try to cover the most recent articles to help everyone reinforce the information they’ve absorbed – and, add a bit of fun along the way!

      Jim

  3. Ed Reply

    Really loved your questions and answers about gardening and other things. I failed the bonus question big time, lol.

    One observation is that the link to the answers “Answer For Question #xx” takes you back to the question page. I had to hunt for the answers and found them in the October 2018 Garden Answers link.

    Other than that it is a very interesting post and I loved it. Going out back now to do some gardening with celery juice rubbed all over me.

    • Jim Reply

      Glad you liked the October Questions, Ed!

      Thanks, for the tip about the link issue.  It’s fixed now.  I guess I should wait until AFTER my first cup of morning coffee before putting in page links.  😉

      Hope the celery juice process works with your brand of mosquitoes!  Just don’t eat any bananas or avocados.  OK?

      Jim

  4. Christina Reply

    This was so much fun! On the second question about crossing kale and brussels sprouts, I thought “there’s no way!” But then I saw your answer and I remembered that I’ve actually had those before. lol I totally forgot. 🙂 

    I will certainly check out the Rocket Surgeons! “Broccoli Song” seems like it will be right up my alley. I’m not going to give away any more of your secrets by revealing more answers here. Everyone will just have to read for themselves. 😉 

    I’m going to explore more of your site. Even though I don’t have a garden because I live in a townhouse, I try to grow some things in pots. But I’m not great at it. I need help! 

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Christina,

      It was kinda fun, wasn’t it?  I sure had fun writing it!

      I think you’ll enjoy those songs by the Rocket Surgeons.  They have a very distinctive and unique sound.

      Keep growing them veggies in pots – and, with a little help from your friends – including me – you will become an expert container farmer of healthy vegetables!

      Jim

  5. Derek Reply

    An interesting take on getting gardening questions answered. 

    A  good quiz for gardeners to take part in.

    While I am not into gardening these days I did find the quiz interesting and enjoyable.

    Perhaps there could be more questions linked to the season that may be of more interest to serious gardeners.

    Question and answer sessions can be a good way to learn more about any subject.

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Derek,

      I’m glad you found my quiz enjoyable.  Great minds think alike – because, I feel the same way – people learn much easier through quizzes.

      I try to keep the questions as current as possible – relating to my most recent posts.  But, occasionally, I throw in a question from a post that could be a year or two old.

      Stay tuned.  Because, I foresee that November’s questions and answers will be even more challenging and intriguing!

      Jim

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