What % Green Thumb Are You?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

What % Green Thumb Are You?
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About This Quiz

Some people are born with a green thumb, and some have a whole lot of learning to do! No matter where you are the scale of garden-ready, you are sure to have a little green thumb in your somewhere. Even if it's not much, you can always get out there and get your hands dirty to increase your score. But where do you stand right now? 

If the thought of keeping a Pothos alive sounds like a daunting task, you might score lower than someone who grows all their own tomatoes. There's no reason to feel bad about where you fall — farmers learn something new every day! As you dig into this quiz, you'll have to unearth all the things you know about plants. Once you're done, your answers will be harvested and your percentage will be revealed! 

Could you grow a cucumber in the middle of Antarctica, or are you the most loyal customer at the farmer's market stall? Tell us what you know about growing things! Then we'll figure out how much of a knack you have for putting your hands in the soil. Scattering your seeds with your answers will grow your results. What % green thumb will you be?

Rose bush What's the first thing you would do if someone asked you to prune their roses?
Ask exactly how to do that
Grab the pruning sheers
Put on thick gloves
Tell them to hire a gardener

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Gardening flowers Do you know the difference between annuals and perennials?
I know one grows back every year, but I can't remember which one.
Yes, annuals only grow for one season.
That's like Boomers and Millenials, right?
Honestly, I have no idea.

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Succulent - house plant Would you wear gloves or use your bare hands to pot a new houseplant?
I would certainly wear gloves.
I don't mind doing it with my bare hands, but gloves are cleaner.
I only wear gloves in the winter.
I don't have any houseplants.

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Earthworm Is it a good thing or a bad thing to find earthworms in your garden?
Eww! I don't want worms on my food.
Earthworms are a blessing for a garden.
They are better than finding beetles.
It's not what I would want to find in my garden.

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Fresh Basil Did you grow any herbs in your window sill last year?
I didn't know you could grow them inside.
I grew a few of them.
I grew a couple of herbs outdoors last year.
I grew a few dust bunnies.

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Trimming plant Do plants need anything other than sunlight and water?
The need compost, too.
The soil needs to have the right nutrients.
Plants need to be trimmed to promote growth.
You have to speak nicely to them.

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Ferns Does is surprise you to know that ferns like the magnesium found in epsom salt?
That's a total lie.
I knew that.
How fascinating!
I'm not sure I've ever seen a fern.

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Dandelion weed What's the best way to get rid of pesky weeds?
You can buy sprays for that.
Landscaping cloth works wonders.
The best way is to pull them.
I just mow over them with the mower.

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Zen Rock Garden Which style of garden would you like to try growing some day?
English cottage garden
City courtyard garden
Mediterranean garden
Zen rock garden

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Seedling Have you successfully grown anything from seed?
I've grown a couple of flower seeds.
I start all my own seeds.
I prefer to get plant starts from the garden store.
No, but I've sprouted mold in my refrigerator.

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Lawnmower Do you enjoy mowing your yard, or do you consider it a real chore?
It's a giant pain in the backside.
I love working in my yard!
It's not very big, so it's no problem.
I would rather do almost anything else.

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Flower pots How many flower pots do you have hiding out in your cupboards?
I have a few vases from receiving flowers.
I could use more.
My collection is always growing.
I have a couple of cute ones, but I've never put plants in them.

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Poison Ivy If you saw it growing, could you identify poison ivy?
I don't think it grows here.
Leaves of three, let it be.
It can be tricky to figure out.
I'll find out when I start itching.

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Christmas Tree Can you manage to keep a Christmas tree alive for a whole season?
I have an artificial tree.
I give it lots and lots of water.
I've never tried it.
It's dead when you chop it down.

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Farmer's Tan Would we find you rocking a farmer's tan during summer?
I never tan.
You can see the lines in my shorts!
I use a lot of sunscreen during the summer.
I do everything I can to prevent tan lines.

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watering can When's the right time to water an indoor plant?
It should be watered every day.
Only when the soil is dry
When the soil is dry at least an inch down
They basically water themselves.

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Tomato vine Which one of these vegetables would you like to grow the most of?
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Cauliflower
Potatoes

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Compost Do you keep your food scraps to put into the compost pile?
We don't have a compost pile here.
I always save them.
I wish I had the space for a compost pile.
That sounds disgusting.

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Watering flowers What time of day would you go outside to water a garden?
I would go out once every few days.
Once in the morning and once at night
Once a day should do it.
I'll let the rain handle that.

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Flower nursery When you walk through the gardening section of a store, what catches your eye first?
Lawnmowers
Water hoses
Potted trees
Flowers

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Sunflowers Which edible flower would think about planting?
Sunflowers
Nasturtiums
Roses
You can eat flowers?

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Hardwood mulch In your opinion, what the best thing that mulch has to offer?
It covers up ugly spots.
Mulch helps prevent weeds.
It adds extra nutrients.
It helps by maintaining the soil's moisture.

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Deer What would you do to keep the neighborhood deer from eating your veggies?
What deer? What veggies?
I would put hot pepper juice on the leaves.
Deer do not like the smell of humans. I would scent the area.
I guess a fence would work.

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Trowel If someone gave you a hand trowel for your birthday, would you be happy about it?
I'm sure I'll find something to do with it.
That would make my day!
A hand weeder would help me out more.
I'll use it the next time I build a sandcastle.

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Soil Do you make sure to fertilize your lawn at least once a year?
I manage it every few years.
I feed it more than once a year.
I do average about once a year or so.
Grass fertilizes itself.

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Flower bulb shop Where's the best place to shop for garden accessories and plants?
A garden shop
The farmer's market
The hardware store
The home improvement shop

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Straw hat gardening Which article of gardening apparel are you most likely to buy?
A bandana
Bib overalls
A garden apron
A big straw hat

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Farmer's Almanac Do you have at least one copy of the "Farmer's Almanac"?
I didn't know they still made them.
I have many of them.
I have an old copy someone gave me.
I've never heard of it.

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Dirty hands gardening Does it bother you to have dirty fingernails?
Not really. It's easy to wash my hands.
It means I've done some honest work.
That's why I wear gloves.
That's disgusting.

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Oprah Winfrey Some celebrities love to garden! Which one would you like to learn from?
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jamie Oliver
Lauren Conrad
Oprah Winfrey

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