News release: Vegetable Crossword Puzzle

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640

Release Date: January 8, 2015

Headline: Vegetable Crossword Puzzle

Last year, I released a crossword puzzle on the trees of Missouri for one of my columns. This proved to be very popular, so I thought I would try it again, this time with vegetables as a topic.

Like last time, some hints are easy. Others may take a bit of research. But hopefully you will learn a few things about vegetables.  Answers will appear in my next column.


2) Popeye loved his _____.
5) The squash vine borer is actually a _____.
6) You eat the immature flower head of this vegetable.
7) Botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit. Specifically it is a _____.
8) Although it is in the same plant family as tomatoes, we don't eat this common, cultivated crop plant.
11) Beets and _____ _____ have the same genus and species, Beta vulgaris.
12) _____ peas love hot weather.
14) To control bacterial diseases, _____-based products are often recommended.
15) Spinach comes in two types: smooth and _____.
16) Don't over-till.  It destroys organic matter and could create a hard _____.
18) This vegetable is the same genus and species as Queen Anne's Lace.
20) Plants in the family Fabaceae are known for the ability of their roots to fix nitrogen. We call these plants _____.
21) _____ helps conserve water and keep the weeds down.
23) The tassel is the _____ flower of corn.
24) Carrots should never be _____.
26) An insect that absolutely loves eggplant leaves is the _____ beetle.
27) Asparagus is _____, with separate male and female plants.


1) Axillary shoots are sometimes removed on tomatoes. These are also known as _____.
2) Beets and _____ _____ have the same genus and species, Beta vulgaris.
3) Tomatoes are classed as either determinate or _____.
4) Though unrelated, two common vegetables share the same name: Irish and sweet _____.
9) This caterpillar is known by several names: Corn earworm, tomato fruitworm, soybean pod worm, and the _____ bollworm.
10) Seed should not be saved from hybrid varieties, but from _____ _____ varieties.
13) Bacterial wilt in muskmelon is carried by this insect.
14) Blossom end rot is a physiological disorder of several vegetables, caused by a _____ deficiency in the fruit.
15) Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant all belong to this family.
17) The most common vegetable diseases are caused by fungi, bacteria, and _____.
19) A gynecious cucumber only develops _____ flowers.
22) _____ vegetables are varieties that are older than 50 years.
25) If you have a heavy soil, your vegetables will do much better in wet weather on a _____ bed.