Whether an avid gardener or a gardening novice, many Americans are digging in the dirt this summer in an attempt to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Test your knowledge and your appetite with this grow your own food quiz.
During the first and second World Wars, Americans grew what percent of all vegetables in their home victory gardens?
- 12 percent
- 25 percent
- 40 percent
- more than 60 percent
Which easy-to-grow fruit is in the top five on the Environmental Working Group's 'Dirty Dozen' list?
All of the following are true about growing your own in an organic home or community garden except:
- It reduces pesticide use and consumption.
- It reduces the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere.
- It reduces the nutritional content of fruits and vegetables.
- It reduces the amount of fuel used to transport fruits and vegetables.
What movement encourages eating locally grown food and making home cooked meals?
- slow food
- organic food
What soil pH is best for growing common garden plants?
Who planted the first garden on the grounds of the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden in the 1940s?
- Laura Bush
- Michelle Obama
- Mamie Eisenhower
- Rosalynn Carter
What type of soil is best for your garden?
- sandy loam
You plan to include cucumbers in your garden this year. How many days will it take for the seeds to germinate?
- 5 to 10
- 6 to 10
- 10 to 20
- 12 to 18
Some plants, such as blueberries, love to grow in acidic soil. What pH level would be best for this type of plant?
- 4.5 to 6.5
- 5.8 to 7.0
- 8.5 to 10.5
What are the top three vegetables grown in home gardens?
- lettuce, tomatoes, peas
- tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers
- tomatoes, squash, carrots
- cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini
What expression do farmers use when talking about corn growth?
- "Knee-high by the 4th of July"
- "Early bird gets the worm"
- "In low cotton"
How much water does your garden need each week?
- 1/2 inch
- 1 inch
- 1 1/2 inches
- 2 inches
What size garden will provide enough vegetables for two people for one year?
- 25 by 42
- 25 by 10
- 25 by 32
You may consider them pests, but some weeds are edible. Which of the following is not an edible weed?
If not canned properly, canned foods are susceptible to what bacteria?
- Clostridium botulinum
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Gardening isn't only for people with a yard. A window box, balcony or any small outdoor space is sufficient to grow an urban garden as long as it gets this much sunlight a day:
- at least 1 hour
- 1 - 2 hours
- 3 - 4 hours
- at least 6 hours
What are the four most important ingredients needed to compost?
- water, air, carbon and nitrogen
- water, air, carbon and sulfur hexafluoride
- water, air, methane and nitrogen
One acre of tomato plants can produce between 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of fruit. How many pounds can one tomato plant yield?
- 1 to 5 pounds
- 5 to 10 pounds
- 10 to 15 pounds
- 15 to 20 pounds
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map is a gardener's tool that demarcates how many different climate zones?
What is the best way to deal with tomato blight?
- Place infected plants in a sealed bag and throw it away.
- Compost the infected plants.
- Spray only the infected plant with fungicide.