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"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."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Garden Secrets
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises
4. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
difficultgardeningconversationman - woman02:55

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

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

HELPFUL TIP: Give gardening a try if you're looking for a hobby that will bring you a lot of satisfaction in seeing seeds sprout and grow.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Watch the video and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

NOTE: This video was created almost 20 years ago and represents one of the first multimedia projects that I created. I leave it as is so viewers can also get a sense of how much online video has changed over the years.

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1. Shirley learned about square-foot gardening:
A. by attending a class.
B. from her parents.
C. through a gardening magazine.

2. What is the main benefit of developing a square-foot garden?
A. You can grow vegetables vertically.
B. You can raise plants in a confined area.
C. You can plant a wide variety of plants together.

3. Which point was NOT mentioned in starting this type of garden?
A. sunlight
B. location
C. soil

4. Which list of plants does Shirley mention in her garden?
A. tomatoes, beets, egg plant, and squash
B. strawberries, green peppers, okra, and tomatillos
C. basil, onions, cantaloupe, and banana peppers

5. What will happen at the end of the show?
A. Shirley will give tips on how to prepare the soil.
B. Shirley will discuss building a green house.
C. Shirley will give a tour of her garden.

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3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are the benefits or challenges of trying to raise your own fruits, vegetables, and even herbs?

4. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Imagine that 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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