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Voting Booth: Botany Quiz: What is humus?

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dave

October 6, 2008
9:50 AM

Post #5638357

There are a total of 621 votes:


Another name for cow manure
(6 votes, 0%)
Red dot


A parking lot of full of oversized SUVs
(1 votes, 0%)
Red dot


A Middle Eastern dish made from chickpeas
(111 votes, 17%)
Red dot


The dark, decomposed, organic part of soil
(503 votes, 80%)
Red dot


Previous Polls...and the answer is the last one: the dark, organic part of soil. But if you were thinking chickpeas, you're not too far off-base since it is an alternate spelling for hummus!

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2008
10:06 AM

Post #5638381

Yippee! LOL I got it by deductive reasoning .:)
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2008
10:18 AM

Post #5638394

ditto!
makshi
Noblesville, IN
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2008
10:23 AM

Post #5638403

I didn't because I was thinking chickpeas.
Connie_G
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 6, 2008
10:40 AM

Post #5638417

Wow...so this is the way to be one of the first to answer these questions: GET UP with the chickens! haha
I got it right but I really thought about the hummus thing! Then I thought: heLLLLo, this is a gardening site--not a cooking one!!
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2008
11:30 AM

Post #5638493

I was just ready to click on chick peas when I started to think about the spelling, so I did have the right answer.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 6, 2008
11:53 AM

Post #5638536

I have heard of hummus, never tried it though, even though I do like chickpeas.

I do remember mom saying some of us kids actually ate humus when we were little! Nowadays, I don't eat it but I sure enjoy playing in the humus. :-)
ArmyWife101st
Clarksville, TN
(Zone 6b)

October 6, 2008
12:19 PM

Post #5638581

They got me! I was thinking of food. What do they expect so early in the morning LOL I thought there was something fishy about that question!
WNYwillieB
Buffalo, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2008
1:11 PM

Post #5638742

Mmmmmmmmm Hummus on pita ... Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

But I don't eat dirt

This message was edited Oct 6, 2008 9:33 AM
makshi
Noblesville, IN
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2008
1:16 PM

Post #5638760

Seems like a lot of great minds were on food this morning.
Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 6, 2008
2:14 PM

Post #5638953

I've had hummus that tasted like humis.
makshi
Noblesville, IN
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2008
2:15 PM

Post #5638963

X funny
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

October 6, 2008
2:29 PM

Post #5639017

A parking lot of full of oversized SUVs is MANURE!
Pamgarden
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

October 6, 2008
2:33 PM

Post #5639030

It's so funny that a number of folks thought first of food. Maybe it should be called Dave's Deli instead of Dave's Garden.
makshi
Noblesville, IN
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2008
2:51 PM

Post #5639094

Is Dave opening a deli???? HMMM
newhobby
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 6, 2008
3:01 PM

Post #5639213

Doh! I was after chickpeas too...can't stand the stuff, blech!
rhodiegirl
Deering, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2008
3:44 PM

Post #5639337

I knew it had nothing to do with cow manure, since another name for that is cow patties.
AngelSong
Victoria, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 6, 2008
3:48 PM

Post #5639352

SUV's... :)
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 6, 2008
3:55 PM

Post #5639386

When are we getting a DG Trivia game?
;)
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 6, 2008
4:34 PM

Post #5639516

I think the answer should be SUVs. The word sounds like an SUVish kinda thing. The good stuff should have a better sounding name like planaterra or terraplethera or somesuch. Geez the naming guys must have been having a bad hair day when they came up with that name IMHO. Mmmmmmmmm hummmus mmmmmmmm. Now I'm hungry.
Procrastinator
Havelock
Canada

October 6, 2008
7:47 PM

Post #5640087

Wow! I finally answered right. I will be waiting for my well-deserved prize to be delivered in the mail any day now. LOL

Hugs Elaine and Otis

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 6, 2008
9:36 PM

Post #5640441

Well Procrastinator, it would a appear from your NAME, you are used to waiting! Keep waiting for that gift to come! Let me be the first to give you kudos for getting it right!

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

October 7, 2008
12:09 AM

Post #5641017

Sugarweed---I think this IS a DG trivia game. I'm in good standing, too.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

October 7, 2008
12:46 AM

Post #5641168

wow - got it right, too!!
roybird
Santa Fe, NM

October 7, 2008
12:57 AM

Post #5641216

Hummus has two "m's". Humus has one 'cause you can't eat it. Like dessert and desert. Edibles get double letters. A new rule for grammar! Who would've thought?
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2008
12:58 AM

Post #5641224

I also got it right because my husband, who has only recently started eating hummus, always accuses me of serving him dirt. It's his favorite joke.
pontadog
Jacksonville, TX

October 7, 2008
2:06 AM

Post #5641558

Humus to me is the most decomposed form of organic matter.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

October 7, 2008
4:52 AM

Post #5642125

I guessed right only because it seemed like the only right answer. I've heard the word over and over, but didn't stop to inquire just what it was. Now I know for sure.
spartacusaby
Hendersonville, NC
(Zone 7a)

October 7, 2008
6:52 AM

Post #5642261

Knew the correct answer, but really enjoyed the parking lot choice: it fits (lol).
tillysrat
Poulsbo, WA
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2008
8:01 AM

Post #5642309

Was the only answer, if you know your soil LOL
randbponder
Hornick, IA
(Zone 4b)

October 7, 2008
12:13 PM

Post #5642569

Hmm when I play in humus, my hands don't get all smelly and parking lots- - - - there may be a lot of VERBAL humus going on when one can't remember which pile of humus er ah excuse me, SUV is theirs. Now chick peas, that could come closer to the to the other choice.
So I chose the end product after the microbes, bacteria and worms have had their share of the peas and poop. He He he he
plantladyhou
Katy, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 7, 2008
2:40 PM

Post #5643056

Didn't have the remotest idea what just exactly humus was but after reading the list of "possibles" did manage to get it right. For all I knew it was manure which was the only other thing "garden wise". Strike up another one for luck.

Ann

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

October 7, 2008
3:35 PM

Post #5643255

LOVE the edible HUMMUS .. quite tasty once you add the proper spices and such .. use it as dip with crackers or bread ..

~M~
Lynda_45
Jacksonville, NC
(Zone 8b)

October 7, 2008
9:29 PM

Post #5644294

I new what it was generally, but the other answers narrowed it down to the obvious.
Lynda
se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 7, 2008
11:07 PM

Post #5644593

I always called dark decomposing soil humas - until I learned that humas is also a Mediterranean/east indian dish you can eat.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

October 8, 2008
1:51 AM

Post #5645230

All you wanted to know about "HUMMUS", but were afraid to ask :-) can be found here along with a PIC !!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummus

~M~

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


October 8, 2008
3:45 AM

Post #5645682

So how do you separate the fulvic and humic acids out of the stuff?
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

October 8, 2008
4:54 AM

Post #5645825

Thanks, MarilynneS, for the reference. Who would have thought that Wikipedia would know everything about hummus!

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

October 8, 2008
1:54 PM

Post #5646616

That is a tricky question because hummus can also be spelled humus and both be technically correct as the spread from chickpeas. I had to look it up once for a chickpea dip that I thought for sure had made a typo.
poppop
forsyth, GA
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2008
4:38 PM

Post #5647303

humus-hummus, tomaytoe-tomahta, potaytoe - potahta!!! It's all semantics,except to gardeners!!
BTW,hummus can be spelled hommos,but if it's spelled humus,it's spelled wrong.

This message was edited Oct 8, 2008 1:32 PM
GoldLeaf91011
Frederick, MD
(Zone 7a)

October 9, 2008
1:27 AM

Post #5649191

AYankeecat, you shouldn't insult good manure that way! :-)

Bookerc1

Bookerc1
Mackinaw, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 9, 2008
2:56 AM

Post #5649519

WooHoo, I knew this one! I used to work at a vegetarian coffee house, and all sorts of people would get confused when they'd see hummus on the menu. I can't tell you how many times I had to explain the difference between hummus and humus. And I got in trouble with the owner for telling people how easy it is to make homemade hummus. Guess he thought no one would order it if they could make it at home! I make it with my preschool class every time we study seeds and beans, and most of them like it. Whatever they don't eat, we feed to my sons and the jr. high son of my teacher's aide. They just gobble it up!

Then again, they've probably all eaten their fair share of humus, too. ;o)
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

October 9, 2008
4:37 AM

Post #5649785

A humus dirt is good for you. Supposedly contains a lot of B12. That's probably why young children are all so healthy.
Hummus is good, too. I even taught my husband to like it in spite of the fact that he absolutely hates beans!
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 9, 2008
4:49 AM

Post #5649807

That hummus that tasted like humus probably didn't have enough garlic in it. The blah tasting supermarket varieties rarely taste like the real thing
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

October 9, 2008
2:09 PM

Post #5650639

Good pun!

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
2:46 PM

Post #5650772

I knew this right and so I thought this was easy!

Dinu ☼
redheadedwonder11
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 9, 2008
3:59 PM

Post #5651220

I was thinking chickpeas until I remember the extra 'm' in hummus...and thus got the right answer :)
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

October 10, 2008
2:04 PM

Post #5654788

finally, one I knew! lol.
amuckey
Robinson, KS
(Zone 5b)

October 11, 2008
2:10 AM

Post #5657241

Deductive reasoning here also...

Manure suv's... lol

Love the new picture at the top... DG's background pic that is. Wonderful looking place.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 11, 2008
10:49 PM

Post #5659716

Having six compost piles for many years made it easy for me to get this one right.

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