Can you grow a spring garden? Test your green-thumb knowledge!
by Staff
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?

  • planting clover
  • sowing turfgrass
  • xeriscaping

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?

  • crowns
  • cloves
  • leaves

Which is traditionally regarded as the first flower of spring? (Hint: The name gives it away!)

  • hosta
  • crocus
  • primrose

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.

  • true
  • false

Wait, you can grow an ornamental garden in the shade? Of course! Which is NOT a shade-loving plant?

  • impatiens
  • moss
  • petunias

True or false: You can grow vegetables even in low-light conditions.

  • true
  • false

So you've got a shady back yard (stupid trees). What veggies will grow the best in these shadows?

  • leafy greens
  • root vegetables
  • 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?

  • rosemary
  • oregano
  • basil

Because herbs like mint and bee balm grow like crazy, they're referred to as:

  • dominant herbs
  • rampant herbs
  • smothering herbs

When this plant sprouts in the spring, you know it's safe to start planting bulbs:

  • daffodil
  • dandelion
  • snakeweed

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?

  • silt
  • sand
  • gravel

True or false: A little frost never hurt a bulb. In fact, it might actually make the plant grow faster.

  • true
  • false

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:

  • soil-free
  • unanchored
  • bare-root

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?

  • native plant
  • local plant
  • community plant