Can you grow a spring garden? Test your green-thumb knowledge!
The trees are budding, the flowers are blooming, and your garden is still a bare expanse of dirt. Shouldn't you be outside with some plants and a trowel? Oh well. While we've got you at the computer, take our spring planting quiz!
Spring is a great time to plant grass. At what soil temperature do grass seeds germinate?
55 degrees Fahrenheit (12.7 degrees Celsius)
65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 degrees Celsius)
75 degrees Fahrenheit (23.8 degrees Celsius)
Grass can be awfully difficult to grow sometimes. Which is NOT a way to encourage growth?
Get a soil test and correct any nutrient deficiencies.
After you first plant grass, make sure that the soil remains dry.
Aerate any trouble spots.
When it comes to your lawn, "going green" isn't just about lush vegetation. Which is the least sustainable way to landscape your yard?
Seeds aren't the only thing to grow a vegetable. Which is NOT a part of a veggie from which you can start a new plant?
Which is traditionally regarded as the first flower of spring? (Hint: The name gives it away!)
For gardening on a budget, nothing beats growing plants from seeds. What are the best conditions in which to start seeds?
indoors under bright lights
indoors by a north-facing window
outdoors a few weeks before the last frost
True or false: When sowing your outdoor garden, seed only as many plants as you'll need.
Wait, you can grow an ornamental garden in the shade? Of course! Which is NOT a shade-loving plant?
True or false: You can grow vegetables even in low-light conditions.
So you've got a shady back yard (stupid trees). What veggies will grow the best in these shadows?
vegetables that fruit from flowers
In a shady yard, your plants need all the light they can get. Which is NOT a way to maximize light in your shadowy garden in the Northern Hemisphere?
Plant veggies on the north side of a building.
Situate taller plants to the north of shorter plants.
Locate plants in the stippled shade of a tree instead of the solid shade of a building.
Spring planting and weeding go hand in hand. What is the best way to get rid of weeds?
Cover your garden with a thick layer of mulch.
Fry those pesky invaders with a blowtorch.
Leave the dirt in your garden bare and moist.
Some herbs will come back each year, but others have to be replanted every spring. Which herb is an annual?
Because herbs like mint and bee balm grow like crazy, they're referred to as:
When this plant sprouts in the spring, you know it's safe to start planting bulbs:
Loam is not a funny-smelling, puttylike children's toy. It's the ideal soil for a garden! Which is NOT one of its two main ingredients?
True or false: A little frost never hurt a bulb. In fact, it might actually make the plant grow faster.
Which is a plant you should avoid buying at a nursery?
an annual with no blooms on it
a stocky plant with healthy green leaves
a plant with roots growing out the bottom of the market pack
You couldn't sell a fish without water, but you can sell a plant without soil. A plant sold with no soil around its roots is referred to as:
Not all plants are shipped to a nursery from far away. What do you call a plant that originates from and grows well in your area?