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The Almanac Gardener "Quiz of the Week" has been discontinued.
However, the past quizzes and answers will still be made available as an information resource.

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2008 Quizzes

April 18, 2008
Quiz Winners: Judson Wolfe, Paola Zamora, Darren Pelkey, Julia Rahmes, Miranda Allen

1. What are the three basic items you need for a good garden?

  1. Sunlight, Water, and Good Fertilizer
  2. Water, Good Soil, and Good Fertilizer
  3. Sunlight, Water, and Good Soil
  4. Water, Red Clay, and Sunlight

Answer: C. Sunlight, water and good soil are the three ingredients needed for a good garden.

2. NC is the only state in the US that offers free soil testing.

  1. True
  2. False

Answer: A. True

April 25, 2008
Quiz Winner: Juliette Faison Murray

1. Is it a good idea to have a difference height for the front and back of your cold frame?

A. Yes
B. No

Answer: A. Yes, it is better to have an angle for your cold frame in order to use sunlight more effectively.

2. Should you plant cabbage and tomatoes at the same time?

A. Yes
B. No

Answer: B. No, cabbage can handle temperatures below freezing, but tomatoes cannot.  You need to wait until the weather is warm enough for the tomatoes.

May 10, 2008
Quiz Winner: James Shumate

1. Which of the following is not one of the tips Karen mentioned for finding a Professional Tree Care company?

A. Ask For References
B. Get more than one Quote
C. Hire someone who knocks on your door
D. None of the above

Answer: C. Never hire someone who knocks on your door. Most times they are not licensed and normally they prey on people after major storms.

2. Most Hostas are happiest with full sun and no shade.

A. True
B. False

Answer: B. Hostas are happiest with morning sun and afternoon shade.

May 24, 2008
Quiz Winner: Grace Kellum

1. What days does Bill suggest to fertilize grass for shady areas?

A. Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Valentines Day
B. Memorial Day, Labor Day and Christmas
C. Christmas, Fourth of July and Columbus Day
D. New Years Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July

Answer: A. Bill also said to never fertilize after Valentines Day as it will be too late and may damage the grass.

2. Native Jack in the Pulpit likes dry, arid areas.

A. True
B. False

Answer: B. False.

June 7, 2008
Quiz Winner: Charles Hodson

1. According to AG – 189 what are the two types of weevils that attack Rhododendrons?

A. Red Vine and Lace
B. Black Vine and Lace
C. Japanese and Red Vine
D. None of the above

Answer: D. None of the above. The two types of weevils that attack Rhododendrons are Black vine and Japanese.

2. According to AG – 472 – 3, Pine Voles cause damage and live above ground.

A. True
B. False

Answer: B. False. Eyes and ears are not visible; tail is shorter than hind legs; fur is reddish brown; slightly smaller than meadow vole (3 inches long, weighs 1 ounce or less); lives and causes damage below the ground.

June 14, 2008
Quiz Winner: Carolyn Day

1. If you have a large tree and decide to do a soil drench to treat your Hemlock tree, it is ok to use it near your well or water source.

A. True
B. False

Answer: B. False. It is recommended that you contact an Arborist to inject your tree so as not to contaminate your water supply.

2. You need to keep your mushroom kit in an area with a temperature between ___ and ___ degrees.

A. 80 and 90 degrees
B. 45 and 63 degrees
C. 63 and 68 degrees
D. Temperature does not matter.

Answer: C. 63 and 68 degrees.

June 21, 2008
Quiz Winner: Jody Eriksson

1. Broccoli is a cool season crop. That means that it can be grown in the ____ and _____.

A. Winter and Spring
B. Fall and Winter
C. Spring and Summer
D. Fall and Spring

Answer: D. If you want to grow spring broccoli, set your plants out in March. If you want to have a fall crop, set your plants out in August. Just be careful not to expose your plants to temperatures about 80 degrees.

2. Which of the following is not one of the major users of water in your home?

A. Dishwasher
B. Toilet
C. Hot Water Heater
D. None of the above

Answer: C. Hot Water Heater.

June 28, 2008
Quiz Winner: Anna Pliszka

1. When you are setting up a cisturn, it is ok to place it directly on the ground.

A. True
B. False

Answer: B. False. According to Karen Neill, you need to place your cistern on a sturdy, solid surface to avoid cracking and for sustainability purposes.

2. How often should you water sprouts?

A. Twice a day
B. Three times a day
C. Four times a day
D. All of the above

Answer: D. Linda said to water your sprouts 2, 3, or 4 times a day making sure to thoroughly drain them after each watering.

July 5, 2008
Quiz Winner: Cindy Truelove

1. Only _____ of the annual 42 inches of rain actually becomes groundwater in streams.

A. 3 inches
B. 1 inch
C. 12 inches
D. None of the above

Answer: B. 1 inch.

2. When is the best time to put in sod?

A. Spring and Summer
B. Spring and Fall
C. Winter and Spring
D. Fall and Winter

Answer: B. Spring and Fall.

July 12 and 19, 2008
Quiz Winners: Arnold Sharpe and Mack Haywood

1. When is the best time to plant a cover crop from the winter?

A. August
B. September
C. October
D. November

Answer: C. October.

2. Beets are a cool season crop.

A. True
B. False

Answer: A. True.

July 26, 2008
Quiz Winner: John Barnhart

1. How many types of lettuce did the Children’s Home sell to local restaurants this year?

A. 3
B. 5
C. 1
D. 9

Answer: B. 5.

2. It is illegal to shoot a Groundhog because they are a protected species.

A. True
B. False

Answer: B. False.

August 2, 2008
Quiz Winner: Patricia LeMoine

1.Trees can heal wounds.

B. False

Answer: B. False.

2.When dry stacking stones, you need to use a lot of mortor.

B. False

Answer: B. False

August 9, 2008
Quiz Winner: Victoria McLamb

1.Berms need to be perpendicular to the way water flows in your yard or garden.

B. False

Answer: A. True. If berms were parallel it would not prevent run off.

2. Three things Bill Lord talked about getting from growing broccoli are broccoli heads, side shoots, and __________.

A. Cabbage leaves
B. Florets
C. Slaw
D. None of the above

Answer: C. Slaw.