General Listening Quiz

"Gardening Show"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult gardening man - woman 02:47

Pre-Listening Exercise

What types of gardens do people grow in your area? Do people raise flowers and/or vegetables?

Idioms

"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

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Mark is calling the gardening show about _____.

Mark: Okay. Uh, my wife is really into gardening, and about five years ago, she received a beautiful climbing rose bush . . . I think an Agatha Christie [That's a nice one.] from her mother who has passed away. Anyway, the rose plant seems to be on its last leg.

His wife received the particular plants from her ____.

Mark: Okay. Uh, my wife is really into gardening, and about five years ago, she received a beautiful climbing rose bush . . . I think an Agatha Christie [That's a nice one.] from her mother who has passed away.

Mark thinks that he might have ___.

Mark: Yeah. Well, this situation ISN'T normal. You see about a week ago, I was doing some yard work, and I was using some weed killer [UH-oh.], yeah, to try to get rid of some terrible weeds and . . .

Mark won't be able to deal with the situation unless ____.

Susan: Oh, shoot. Listen. You made a blunder. A big mistake. A really big mistake. But unless your wife goes on vacation for a couple of years, you're not going to be able to replace the roses that fast.

The gardening show host suggests that Mark ____.

Susan: I'm sorry. Look. You've waited long enough. Don't let the grass grow around your feet. Say something, but be sure to hide the garden shears before you do. Kneel down; ask for forgiveness now.

Post-Listening Exercise

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

Online Investigation

Imagine that are moving to Denver, Colorado, in the United States 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?