Quiz time: What do you know about gardening in WNY?

autumn leaves on trees
What can you do with autumn leaves? See if you get the answer right. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

How much do you know about gardening in Western New York? Here’s a fun quiz that will allow you to test your knowledge. Some questions are easy, but one or two might trip you up.

You can see the answers below along with a link for more information.

1. What can you do with autumn leaves?

  • A. Put them in your compost
  • B. Spread them around your perennials
  • C. Start a new garden
  • D. All of the above and more

2. Epsom salt can be used for

  • A. Blossom end rot
  • B. Killing bugs
  • C. Both A and B
  • D. Your bath, but Epsom salt doesn’t do anything for your garden

3. Which is better for your trees?

  • A. Mulch donut
  • B. Mulch volcano

4. What is the difference between a plant and a weed?

  • A. Plant is decorative, weed is ugly
  • B. Plant is wanted, weed isn’t
  • C. Plant is useful, weed isn’t
  • D. Weed is harmful, plant isn’t

5. Where can you find the best garden in Western New York?

  • A. Cottage District on Garden Walk Buffalo
  • B. Open Gardens
  • C. Garden walk in your own neighborhood
  • D. Your yard
  • E. The gardens in our area are so interesting and different there is no way to choose just one garden as the best.

Answers

1. D. All of the above and more! No matter what color autumn leaves are, they’re gold for your garden. See more about using autumn leaves here.

2. D. Your bath, but Epsom salt doesn’t do anything for your garden. This was a tricky question. While you may hear about Epsom salt acting as a cure-all for your garden, it doesn’t do anything helpful there. See more information on Epsom salt here and learn about other gardening myths, too.

3. A. Mulch donut. You probably see mulch volcanoes everywhere, but piling mulch up against the trunk of a tree in a volcano shape is bad for the tree. Placing mulch in a ring around the tree, with the mulch starting a few inches away from the trunk, is much better. See more about mulch volcanoes here.

4. B. Plant is wanted, weed isn’t. The gardener is the one who determines what is a weed in their garden. See a fuller explanation here.

5. The correct answer is E. The gardens here are so interesting and different there is no way to choose just one garden as the best. But if you chose your own garden, that is a right answer, too. And if you’re partial to your own garden walk, you can count that, too. And if–oh, never mind. I’m just going back to my original response. We have so many wonderful gardens, why try to choose? Let’s enjoy them all! See many Western New York gardens here.

2 Comments on “Quiz time: What do you know about gardening in WNY?

  1. I’m glad to become a Super Reader.
    There is always new gardening tips to learn.
    Care for tubers is a topic I would like to read about. Do you wash and dry the tubers then wrap in Newspaper ? Keep in sawdust? Put them in the dark.
    I have elephant ears, Cana Lillies and Dahlia’s.

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