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The great gardening quiz 2017: Test yourself

How closely have you been paying attention? Test

How closely have you been paying attention? Test your gardening know-how with my mid-winter quiz! (Credit: Dreamstime)

Now that we’re over the hump of winter — more than halfway to spring — it’s a good time to evaluate how green your thumb is, and expand your knowledge to help make it greener. Here’s a quiz to help you dig into the upcoming season.

1

Which of the following is a function of roots?

2

Which plant part is responsible for photosynthesis, or the conversion of water and sunlight to produce food?

3

When planting tomatoes, it’s best to:

4

Impatiens on Long Island have been plagued for several years by downy mildew disease. The recommendation is to:

5

The ideal soil pH range for a healthy lawn is between:

6

What does “overseeding” the lawn mean?

7

What is the best growing medium for starting seeds indoors?

8

What does it mean to “harden off” a plant?

9

When is the best time to prune most trees, shrubs and other woody plants?

10

What is the golden rule of hedge pruning?

11

In what horticultural growing zone is most of Long Island?

12

Which is the best method for watering garden plants and trees?

13

When is the best time to prune fruit trees?

14

What is the name of the university-based organization that provides gardening advice, soil testing and weed and pest identification services to local homeowners for free?

15

It is illegal to fertilize the lawn on Long Island before April 1.

16

Which natural occurrence is a reminder it’s time to apply pre-emergent crab grass control?

17

Which should be planted in the vegetable garden to repel aphids, bean beetles and other pests?

18

Which is an effective way of gauging how much water your garden is receiving?

19

What is a dibble?

20

The disease that results in mushy black rotted bottoms on tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplant is called:

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