An­swers from quiz on page 5

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The seed­less wa­ter­melon is grown from a seed pro­duced by cross­ing a reg­u­lar wa­ter­melon with a ge­net­i­cally al­tered wa­ter­melon.

Col­lect seeds when they’re ripe; the tim­ing varies from one plant to the next, but some seeds of early spring bloomers are ready now. When the seed­pod is dry and rigid and the seeds are brown or black, they are prob­a­bly ready for har­vest­ing. If you wait, the seeds may be eaten by birds or in­sects or they may sow them­selves, and you’ll have lost your chance.

Columbines are peren­ni­als, though they tend to be short­lived (three or five years) and do self-sow with ease.

Columbines are… um… pro­mis­cu­ous. Un­less you have a very con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment, there is no telling what columbine has pol­li­nated your favourite beauty; the seeded off­spring don’t of­ten look much like the par­ent. They’re still beau­ti­ful, though.

Most plants are crosspol­li­nated; only a few self-pol­li­nate, which means one flower acts as both mother and fa­ther.

2. False. 3. False. 4. False. 5. False. 6. True.

You’ll have a re­duced rate of ger­mi­na­tion, but it’s worth a try. You can al­ways try the old method of soak­ing the seeds in wa­ter be­fore you plant them; in gen­eral, those that float won’t ger­mi­nate and those that sink might.

Bees mix pollen with nec­tar to make “bee­bread”, which they feed to their ba­bies. In the process of col­lect­ing pollen and nec­tar from flow­ers, of course, they spread pollen from one flower to the next, en­abling the next gen­er­a­tion of the plants.

In fact, bees can see the colour spec­trum from ul­tra­vi­o­let to orange, but they can­not see red. Hum­ming­birds are at­tracted to red.

In­tu­itively, the “pis­til” sounds and looks like it should be the male part of the flower, but it’s the fe­male part. The pis­til is the larger pro­tru­sion from the cen­tre of a flower (see the tulip, pic­tured, for a good ex­am­ple); at the bot­tom of the pis­til, in­side the flower, is the ovule, which will be­come a seed when the flower is pol­li­nated.

One worker bee, liv­ing an av­er­age of 45 days, pro­duces only 1/12 of a tea­spoon of honey over its life­time.

7. True. 8. False. 9. True. 10. False.

a gar­dener!

5-7 cor­rect:


You’re a honey of

Seeds from your flow­ers land on fer­tile ground.

The truth

Fewer than 5 cor­rect:

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