Jim’s September 2018 Garden Answers

September 2018 Garden Answers

Here are the answers for the September 2018 Quiz. They are all taken from The Perfect Vegetable Garden.

 

Answer to Question #1

B) False

Orange cauliflowerGreen cauliflower - Romanesco broccoliPurple cauliflower

 

 

 

 

Besides white cauliflower, which is the most common variety sold in grocery stores, there are also varieties that are orange, green, and purple.

Orange cauliflower, originating in Canada, is sometimes called a “mutant cauliflower” – and, it gets its special pigment because of the presence of beta-carotene.

Green cauliflower, also called “broccoflower” or “Romanesco broccoli”, can be have either a normal cauliflower head or a spiral-looking head.

Purple cauliflower, which also can have shades of red and blue, gets its color from pigments called “anthocyanins.”  The pH level of the pigment determines the color – be it, red, purple, or blue.

 

This answer is found in Growing Cauliflower.

 

 

Answer to Question #2

B) 2 yearsDead Insect

Two years is an acceptable minimum period to avoid planting the same plant in the same area.  Crop rotation is very important for all plants – including cauliflower.  Pests and diseases that attacked your Brassica plants this year will wait around for a couple of years – hoping that their favorite food will return.  If possible, it wouldn’t even hurt to extend that “no – no” period for 3 or 4 years – depending on the size of your garden.

And, if I had to wait 10 years?  Isn’t that a bit extreme?  It would be impossible to find a place to grow my veggies if this were the rule.

 

This answer is found in Growing Cauliflower.

 

 

Answer to Question #3

C) Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin - on a $100 bill.

Come on, now.  Everyone knows that Mr. Franklin is the first person you would think of when you hear, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Some of the most famous quotes of the others in the list are:

Jerry Lewis“I’ve had great success being a total idiot.”

Bill Maher“If you think you have it tough, read history books.”

Abraham Lincoln“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

George Washington“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

 

This answer is found in 6 Benefits Of Getting Out Of Bed Early.

 

 

Answer to Question #4

D) BelgiumBrussels, Belgium - birthplace of Brussels sprouts.

More precisely, Brussels, Belgium, is the first known area of cultivation – that’s why they call them “Brussels” sprouts.

The Netherlands, believe it or not, has become the highest producer of these mini cabbages – with the United Kingdom coming in second.  The British truly love their sprouts!

 

This answer is found in Brussels Sprouts – Tiny Cabbages With Attitude.

 

 

Answer to Question #5

A) YesThinned Blood

There are people who may find that eating Brussels sprouts could be detrimental to their health.  Such as patients who are taking blood thinners.  Since Brussels sprouts contain a concentrated dose of vitamin K, the blood clotting vitamin, anyone on blood thinners should get approval from their doctors before eating any vegetable containing large amounts of the K vitamin.

 

This answer is found in Brussels Sprouts – Tiny Cabbages With Attitude.

 

 

Answer to Question #6

C) Between 7.2 and 7.4

A pH of 7.2 to 7.4 is best for the human body.

Keeping your body’s pH level just slightly alkaline – between 7.2 and 7.4 – allows for ready consumption of the basic vitamins and minerals and prevents them from being deposited and stored in various body parts.

A pH level lower than 7.2 can lead to acidosis.  Symptoms range from rapid, shallow breathing, fatigue, headaches, lack of appetite, jaundice, and increased heart rate.

And, a pH level higher than 7.4 can lead to alkalosis.  Identifiable symptoms are hand tremor, lightheadedness, muscle twitches, nausea, vomiting, numbness and tingling in the face, hands, or feet – and muscle spasms.

As you can see, both conditions are detrimental to the body being able to smoothly function and can lead to irreversible diseases.

 

This answer is found in Apple Cider Vinegar Will Heighten Physical Well Being.

 

 

Answer to Question #7

C) A water filtration system.

Royal Berkey with water and fluoride filters.

The Royal Berkey is an ingenious gravity water filtration system that holds 3 gallons of purified water.  It employs both black sediment filters to remove bacteria and parasites as well as fluoride filters to remove up to 95% of harmful fluoride chemicals.

There is no Prince Alfonso Berkey.

And, it is actually a Royal Flush – not a Royal Berkey – that is the highest poker hand without wild cards.

 

This answer is found in Apple Cider Vinegar Will Heighten Physical Well Being.

 

 

Answer to Question #8

B) FalseRed meat is not good for patients with hypochromic microcytic anemia.

Folks with “iron overload” anemia – also known as hypochromic microcytic anemia – should stay away from food sources that are high in iron such as kale and red meat.  Their consumption should be limited and monitored by their physician.

 

This answer is found in Take the Kale Trail.

 

 

Answer to Question #9

B) False

Ornamental kale is just as edible as garden variety kale.  The leaves offer no harm to anyone – including senior citizens.

Ornamental kale.

Ornamental kale leaves are just a little more bitter and tougher.  However, a good massage and rinse can break down the fibrous leaves and remove a lot of the acrid taste.

 

This answer is found in Take the Kale Trail.

 

 

Answer to Question #10

A) YesKale as a container plant.

Kale can most certainly be grown in pots or other containers that are suitable for plants.  You can keep the containers outdoors or indoors.  However, make sure they get their required amount of daily sunshine – at least 6 hours.  For indoor growing, you may want to consider using grow lights.

 

This answer is found in Take the Kale Trail.

 

 

Answer to BONUS QUESTION

So, do you know what the cyclist was smuggling?

Bicycles for sale.

Well, of course – the cyclist was smuggling bicycles!

DUH!

 

 

How did you do this time?

Comments and emails are welcome!

 

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener

jim@perfect-vegetable-garden.com

2 thoughts on “Jim’s September 2018 Garden Answers

  1. Emmanuel Buysse Reply

    I didn’t do the quiz before reading this but, since I know the answers already it would be a spoiler.

    I would be very bad when it comes to answering these questions.

    I knew about the PH levels, as well as Brussels. I’m Belgian so it would be even worse if I had the Brussels sprouts answer wrong.

    I should practice more on these things.  We have a garden now with a little farm, so I really need to get educated.

    It is nice to know about that 2 years span, or at least the minimum, to plant something in the same area.

    Lovely quiz, looking forward for more!

    • Jim Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the answer page!  Even without doing the quiz page first, this answer page can give you a lot of insight into gardening!

      Very soon you can learn more because in a few weeks I’ll be posting the October quiz and answer sheets.

      Jim

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