Jim’s September 2019 Garden Questions

September 2019 Garden Questions

This September garden quiz concentrates on some rare and unique vegetables and on soil makeup in various states in Midwestern America. All answers are found in The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  You can shortcut your search for the answers by jumping into September 2019 Garden Answers if you can’t figure them out.  But, try to find them yourself first – it’s all part of the fun!


Question 1 

Corn on the cob on the plant.

Glass gem corn is the most flavorful corn you could ever hope to eat – right off the cob!

1) True

2) False


Answer For Question #1



Question 2

Dry out the corn in the sun.

Jim, the Lifelong Gardener, is planning to dehydrate some glass gem corn.  His first step would be:

1) Put the corn – while still on the cob – out in the sun to dry it out.

2) Put the corn on the cob in boiling water for about 20 minutes.

3) Put the corn on the cob in boiling water for about 5 minutes.

4) Glass gem corn cannot be dehydrated.  Good luck with that!


Answer For Question #2



Question 3

Sexually Nerdish Egotistically Rude Troll.

“Snert” is actually…

1) An acronym that stands for “Snot-Nosed, Egotistical, Rude Teenager.”

2) An acronym that stands for “Sexually Nerdish Egotistically Rude Troll.”

3) A stew.

4) All of the above.

5) None of the above.


Answer For Question #3



Question 4

Red blood turned blue.

“Blauwschokker” is a Dutch word that is used to describe:

1) Peas

2) A movie thriller

3) Shock at seeing someone’s blood turn blue.

4) All of the above.

5) None of the above.


Answer For Question #4



Question 5

The colors - black, brown, grey, sky blue, and pink.

“Five Color Peppers” miraculously come in the very basic colors of Black, Brown, Grey, Sky Blue, and Pink!

1) True

2) False


Answer For Question #5



Question 6

Eating five color peppers.

Some of the mildest peppers you can eat are “Five Color Peppers.”

1) True

2) False


Answer For Question #6



Question 7

Where in the United States is the east north central Midwest?

It’s safe to say that a soil analysis of 4 states in the “east north central Midwest” of the United States would include the states of:

1) Main, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut

2) Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio

3) Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina

4) Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska

5) None of the above.

6) All of the above.


Answer For Question #7



Question 8

State of Illinois - soil analysisState of Indiana - soil analysisState of Wisconsin - soil analysis







Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin are in the top 50 highest agricultural producing states in the U.S.A.

1) True

2) False


Answer For Question #8



Question 9

What are the hardiness zones in the east north central Midwest of the U.S.A.?

The hardiness zones in the east north central Midwest of the United States are between zones:

1) 1 and 3

2) 2 and 4

3) 3 and 5

4) 4 and 6

5) 5 and 7

6) 6 and 8

7) 7 and 9

8) 8 and 10

9) 9 and 11

10) 10 and 12

11) 11 and 13

12) 12 and 14


Answer For Question #9



Question 10

Please note these special recommendations for gardens in the east north central Midwest.

What special recommendation(s) should be considered for successful veggie growing in the east north central Midwest?

1) Using cover crops in the fall and winter months.

2) Get a soil test every other year as a minimum.

3) Crop rotation.

4) All of the above.

5) None of the above.


Answer For Question #10



BONUS QUESTION20 years old in 1995 - 5 years old in 2010 - how is it possible?

In the year, 1995, a person is 20 years old.  In 2010, the same person is 5 years old.  How is this possible?





There were quite a few tough ones this month, don’t you think?  Comment below or email me – to let me know if you want these questions to be easier – or harder!  I’m utterly interested in your opinions!


Jim, the Lifelong Gardener


10 thoughts on “Jim’s September 2019 Garden Questions

  1. Pentrental Reply

    This is a really interesting post and one I don’t often or ever see, well done. As a reader it’s nice to be able to interact and your quiz really gets the reader engaged. As one who is a fan of cornbread, knowing that glass gem corn is one of the best for such purpose is really helpful. Lol about snert, this is one not a lot of heard of I bet. This soil data is great information for the Midwest. I’m looking forward to taking more quizzes!

    • Jim Reply

      Glad you enjoy my quizzes!  They are a pet project of mine.

      And, take it from me – “glass gem” cornbread is especially tasty!

      I figured that “snert” would grab everyone’s attention.  Until I researched it, I only thought it was a stew.  Who knew it would also be an amusing acronym for a couple of other things?


  2. Wendy Reply

    Hi Jim. I never thought there was so much I didn’t know about corn and peppers. I love the humor that came through in your article. I’m glad I found your website. And I also know what Snert is. Will you be putting up a recipe for this Dutch stew? I love both beef and pork so it sounds yummy. By the way, I think I got every answer wrong.

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Wendy,

      I’m glad I was able to give you a window into the odd offshoots that can be realized from everyday, common veggies like corn and peppers.

      I make my “snert” by making homemade beef broth from bones and the meat parts that most folks throw away – adding a few beef bouillon cubes for a beefier flavor – throwing in some ‘tators, onions, carrots, and those infamous purple podded peas – some beef brisket that has first been flour-ed and seared in a frying pan – and letting it “slow cook” for 3 or 4 hours.  I’ll add a sprinkling of fresh ground black peppercorns – but, extra salt is usually not necessary because the beef broth is already salty enough for me.

      Sometimes, I’ll turn it into a “stroganoff-like” affair by adding some French onion soup mix and some sour cream.

      You’ll notice that I didn’t add measurements.  The fun is adjusting the amounts of the ingredients to suit your own taste buds!



  3. Jack Stephens Reply

    Jim, this page was the most fun of any I have read, and I learned a lot too. Thanks for providing a little light-hearted humor and education perfectly blended. I had no idea about some of the question content, such as the 5 Color Peppers and Glass Gem Corn. You really know your stuff! And I learned what a SNERT is, too!

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Jack,

      Our life is not complete until we know what a “snert” is – in my humble opinion!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the quiz!


  4. MissusB Reply

    Hello Jim,

    Once again I was fascinated by the plants and soil trivia through a hilarious set of questions. Five color peppers are also typical in South East Asia, probably also brought by the Chinese in the barter years. In our country, we don’t usually use it as a dish ingredient but mainly for spicing up condiments like fish sauce, soy sauce and vinegar. I am much curious to taste Blauwschokker as I like pea pods and edamame. We just boil it, put a bit of salt, pop the peas into our mouth – delicious!

    It’s great to compare vegetation and soil composition around the world. We are lucky that most of veggies can be purchased even in groceries even if it’s not a local produce. Can’t wait for another set of your trivia questions. Thanks and have a nice day!

    • Jim Reply

      Hi MissusB,

      We Americans tend to add what should be a typical condiments to main dishes and side dishes.

      But, I totally enjoy edamame the same way you do – boiled, with a bit of salt.  It’s a great snack!

      I started the “soils across the globe” series because we have to understand the dirt we are using if we are going to successfully grow great veggies and fruits – and, it’s been phenomenal how many people have benefitted from knowing just what lies under their feet!


  5. Donny Reply

    I thought I knew all about corn and every type of corn there is, actually I thought they were only two and all my life I have never come across a corn with so much colour and I don’t really know where to find those in my local stores in 100% sure they don’t exist. Where can I get that colourful corn? Where is it from?

    I also fell in love with the Dutch stew made from beef and pork. I think that I’ll try a simple stew with mixed meats, too bad at home we never got to experiment so much. Thanks there is so much new things I learned from the questions

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Donny,

      If you want some “glass gem” corn, you’ll just have to buy the seeds and plant your own.  I’ve never – ever – found it in a store.  Anyway, the best glass gem corn comes from being home grown – and picked straight out of your garden.

      You can’t go wrong with a stew made with any meat – and a combination of tasty veggies.  Just sauté the meat first – it helps to bring out the flavor when added to a hodge podge of your favorite vegetables.


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