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Grow a garden

Grow a garden

Date: Sep 30 2004


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Today’s real life lesson is about growing a garden. In a lot of apartments or houses, there isn’t a lot of space to grow a garden, but you can still grow an herb garden. Listen in as Steph and her brother talk about the ins and outs of growing an herb garden.


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Steph:  I’m thinking about starting an herb garden. Do you have any advice for me?

Devin:  I’d suggest growing basil. It’s a good thing to grow because you can make pesto out of that.

Steph:  Oh. That’s a good idea. Um, where should you grow it, inside or outside?

Devin:  It does best in the direct sunlight. So probably outside would be better.

Steph:  Do you think it’ll grow in the fall or in the spring or in the winter?

Devin:  It might be good to wait ‘til after winter’s over and, uh, plant in the springtime. ‘Cause it will really take off in the, uh, spring sun and the warm weather. It will do quite well.

Steph:  Oh good. Um, well, do you think I should do it then inside of my kitchen in the winter or outside, if I want to grow it in the winter.

Devin:  Uh, probably outside I would say.

Steph:  OK.

Devin:  But, uh, it might do well inside. You could probably do an experiment and grow some plants inside and some out in the direct light, in the sun. And see which ones do better.

Steph:  Yeah. OK. Cool. All right. Well, thanks for your advice.



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Have you ever thought about growing a garden? It’s really neat to watch your vegetables or herbs grow. Afterwards, you can impress your friends by making something good to eat with them. All you need is some dirt, some pots and some seeds. I’m totally going to start my herb garden this week!


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