Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Gardening in the City?

Gardening in Brooklyn or in any city requires some special knowledge. Lovely, healthy plants are thriving in window boxes, stoop containers, and tree beds all over the borough thanks to some very committed neighborhood gardeners. How much do you know about urban gardening? In honor of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest’s 25th season, test...

Gardening in Brooklyn or in any city requires some special knowledge. Lovely, healthy plants are thriving in window boxes, stoop containers, and tree beds all over the borough thanks to some very committed neighborhood gardeners. How much do you know about urban gardening? In honor of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest’s 25th season, test yourself.

1. How should you irrigate your garden bed or planter to best make use of water?

A. Water early in the morning.
B. Take your time and water deeply.
C. Water the roots, not the leaves.
D. All of the above

2. What are good fertilizers for a window box or planter?

A. Compost or worm castings
B. Diluted fish emulsion
C. Chemical fertilizer (you know, the blue stuff)
D. Plants don’t need fertilizer.

3. What is wrong with this street tree bed?

Tree Bed

A. The soil level has been raised around the base of the tree.
B. The mulch is right up against the bark.
C. The tree guard creates a wall that prevents rainwater from rolling off the sidewalk into the tree bed.
D. All of the above

4. Dog waste in a tree or garden bed…

A. is fine. Dog urine waters the plants.
B. is okay because dog waste makes good fertilizer.
C. is a problem. It’s harmful to trees and other plants.

Source: www.bbg.org