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Academic English

“Garden Secrets”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult gardening man – woman 02:55

Pre-Listening Exercise

Think of two important keys in growing a garden. What have been your experiences in raising food in your country?


“let the grass grow around your feet” = wait, waste time, or delay in doing something
Don’t let the grass grow around your feet. Stop sitting at home and get out and apply for a job.”

“turn a new leaf” = change one’s behavior
I don’t think he’ll turn over a new leaf just because he is getting married.”

Listening Exercise

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

Post-Listening Exercise

What are the benefits or challenges of trying to raise your own fruits, vegetables, and even herbs?

Online Investigation

Imagine that you are moving to Northern Mexico for a couple of years, and you are into gardening. Because you are concerned about maintaining a healthy diet, you want to look into what edible plants you can grow in the area. Use the Internet to identify two vegetables and two fruits/berries that can be raised in that area. Then, answer the following questions:

  • What are the names of the plants you found?
  • When is the best time to plant them?
  • What is the growing season for each?
  • When are the vegetables ready for harvest?
  • In what kinds of recipes can the food items be used?
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