Climate-friendly Gardener Quiz

9 Questions
Gardener Quizzes & Trivia

Did you know that certain gardening practices can help combat climate change? Take our quiz to test your knowledge on climate-friendly gardening techniques. Once you have taken the quiz, review your answers and learn how you can put these tips and tricks to use in your own backyard or urban garden.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A garden can be thought of as climate-friendly if it:
    • A. 

      Stores more carbon than it generates.

    • B. 

      Releases carbon into the atmosphere via plant respiration.

    • C. 

      Generates more carbon than it stores.

    • D. 

      Is fertilized with synthetic fertilizers only once per year.

    • E. 

      Is left to rest in the off-season months.

  • 2. 
    Garden techniques that can help store and minimize global warming gases which the garden might emit are:
    • A. 

      Crop rotation.

    • B. 

      Cover crops.

    • C. 

      Tree planting.

    • D. 

      Low-input (minimal use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides) garden maintenance.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 3. 
    What are two ways to limit the chemicals you use in the garden?
    • A. 

      Use people power.

    • B. 

      Use synthetic fertilizers.

    • C. 

      Rotate your annual crops.

    • D. 

      A and c.

    • E. 

      B and c.

  • 4. 
    Growing your own food in a climate-friendly garden can help to reduce your carbon footprint. On average, how far do you think most supermarket produce travels to get to your plate?
    • A. 

      200 miles.

    • B. 

      700 miles.

    • C. 

      1500 miles.

    • D. 

      4000 miles.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 5. 
    Cover crops, typically grasses, grains, and legumes that are planted in the fall and turned under in the spring provide which of the following benefits:
    • A. 

      Weed suppression.

    • B. 

      Erosion prevention.

    • C. 

      Improved soil fertility.

    • D. 

      Carbon storage.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 6. 
    Although it takes extra time to plant cover crops, the benefits of a more productive garden might make it worth it. To maximize the effect of cover crops you should:
    • A. 

      Use non-legume cover crops only, as they typically grow larger and faster comparatively.

    • B. 

      Choose crops that will become established quickly in your local climate.

    • C. 

      Sow crops in November, giving the soil a break between your summer crop and the cover crop.

    • D. 

      Use compost as your cover crop for the winter months.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 7. 
    The climate-friendly benefits of using compost in the garden include:
    • A. 

      Lowering the amount of organic wastes disposed of in landfills.

    • B. 

      Using more fertilizers in the garden.

    • C. 

      Helping the garden release more carbon.

    • D. 

      Making the garden smell good.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 8. 
    If you have a lawn, leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing will help make it climate-friendly.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    By setting your mower blade to three inches or higher and mowing regularly you will:
    • A. 

      Get an extra good workout every 3-5 days.

    • B. 

      Promote continuous root growth and shedding which deposits more carbon into the soil.

    • C. 

      Urge your neighbors to grow their grass longer as well.

    • D. 

      Need to increase the amount you water your lawn.

    • E. 

      None of the above.