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.
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…
You can intermix Brussels sprouts with kale – and produce a whole new vegetable. Is this True or False?
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?
Who are the Rocket Surgeons?
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.
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.
Eating which of the following foods may help to repel mosquitoes?
D) Dried Fruit
E) Both “A)” and “C)”
F) None of the above
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?
D) Cochineal insects
E) Lady bugs
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?
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.
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.
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?
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