English Vocabulary: In the GARDEN


Help! I’m dead, and Ronnie’s trying to kill
me. Hi, guys. This is a… This was a plant. It’s definitely not my plant, because if I had
a plant, it would be alive because I like gardening. Do you like gardening? Do you like
growing plants? I do. I think this plant died because it didn’t have water, so there’s no
hope for it now. I’m sorry, plant, you’re going to have to… Bye, Matilda.
See you later. All right, back on it. Today I’m going to
teach you about gardening. One of my hobbies. I like growing stuff. I like growing plants,
and I like especially growing vegetables, and hot peppers so when I eat them, my mouth
goes on fire. And I can eat hotter food than you can. I bet you. Habanero peppers, done,
awesome, love them. What hot, spicy food can you eat? Do you want to eat hot, spicy food
in Toronto with me? I’m going to give you some details about how you can do that,
but let’s get on to the gardening lesson. I’ve broken down the lesson into tools, nouns,
and verbs. Oh, what’s this crazy thing? This is a “watering can”. So, it has a big spout,
this is called a spout here. Oh, yeah, you like that? Has a big spout so you can put water
in it and reach the hard to reach flowers. So “watering can” is very important because
water’s… Flowers and plants really, really need water. If they don’t have water, they’re
going to end up like Matilda, which is dead. So, you need to
water your plants. The very first tool is called a “trowel”.
Now… Oh, that’s a really good picture. So a “trowel” is basically a little shovel that
you use in your hand. This doesn’t look like a shovel, guys, does it? So, a “trowel” is
a kind of gardening tool, and it helps you dig holes or dig out soil, which is earth,
in your garden. Or you can dig out weeds. Weeds. A “watering can”, like I showed you, was a
thing you can give water to with the plants. A “spade” is also a kind of shovel. A trowel is
a hand shovel, but a “spade” is much larger. And the cool thing about a spade is that it’s
pointed at the end, so you can actually dig a hole. You guys may know the name of a “shovel”.
Now, a shovel and a spade are different because a spade is pointed so you can dig the hole,
a shovel you just move things around with. For example, in Canada, we have a snow shovel
because we have a lot of snow. But a spade is actually used to dig holes. “Fork”. What? Are you eating? Are you eating the
plants already? They’re not ready. A “fork”, it looks like a fork, but it’s a garden fork,
so… Or you might know it as a pitchfork. Now, a pitchfork or a garden fork looks like
this, and it’s good to remove dead plants-oh, Matilda-or dead trees that you don’t want.
Going to try to draw you a better picture of a fork. This is also known,
as I said, like a pitchfork. “Pruners”. Now, “pruners” are really, really
big scissors that you can use to cut small trees, also known as bushes. They have really
long blades, and they’re used… They’ve got handles here, so you hold on to them, and
you chop the top of your hedges or the top of your bushes. Chop your bush. And “shears”. “Shears” are just a really fancy
word for “scissors”. I don’t think I can draw scissors. Can someone please give me art lessons?
Those look like tongs, but scissors. Yeah, good. So, shears are just really heavy-duty
scissors that you can cut lots of really thick plants with. A “hose”, also known as a garden hose. A “hose”
is something like a plastic pipe where water’s going to run through, and you’re able to put
water on to your flowers. So this part is the hose, this would be the head of the hose,
and of course, the water would come out here. We usually keep our garden
hose spiralled like this. Next word: “wheelbarrow”. This is fun. Oh, I can’t
draw a wheelbarrow. I’ll try. A wheelbarrow has one or two wheels, and it’s basically…
Oh, this is good. Oh, wow, Ronnie, this is amazing. A wheelbarrow is like a huge shovel
on wheels, and you can put really heavy things and wheel it around the garden. This guy’s
very happy because he’s got his wheelbarrow. And the next one, “vroom”, you know this dance?
Who’s the lawnmower? So, let’s say that you have grass or lawn, you got to mow it. It’s
called a “lawnmower”. You can have a gas one or you can have an electric lawnmower. A “lawnmower”
is a small machine that we use to cut or mow the lawn, or cut the grass. Let’s go on to some nouns. “Plants” and “flowers”.
So, “plants” are basically anything that grows, and a “flower”… Flowers are beautiful things
that come out of them. Our good friend, Matilda, here, was definitely a plant… Oh, and maybe had
a flower or two in her day. This is definitely a plant without a flower, so we’ll just put
Matilda back over here. Good example. Thank you, Matilda. Now, the interesting thing about plants or
flowers is there are two different kinds of plants or flowers in a big category. One is
called “annual” and the other is “perennial”. Do you know the word “annual”? It means like
yearly. So, example are vegetables. I told you I like to grow vegetables, so habanero
peppers, or jalapeno peppers. I buy one plant, they’re going to grow for the season or the
year, and then they die. So a “perennial”, you buy it once, it flowers, it does its magic,
and then it dies. A “perennial”, on the other hand, is a plant that you’re going to buy
and it maybe will last three years. So, it will go through the process of growing, flowering,
producing the fruits or producing the vegetables, dying, germinating-which means making seeds-and
then going through the lifecycle three times. So, an example of a perennial would be roses.
Everyone loves roses. Roses, if you have a rosebush or a rose plant, it will die, but it
will magically come back to life. So that’s an example of a perennial. A “pot” is the place that we put, if you’re
an indoor gardener, the flowers. Let’s get Matilda again out, here. A “pot” is
this brown thing here. This is a pot. “Soil” or also known as “earth” is the black
or the brown stuff. It’s really dry. It looks like this. And this is really important for
the plant. If your soil is really, really, really dry, this is what happens, so we have
to be careful that we get really good soil. You’re going to get dirty when you garden,
too. Mm-hmm. Your pants, you’re going to be covered in dirt, and people are going to go:
“You were gardening.” So you’re going to get dirty with the
soil or the earth. The… Another word that you… It’s important
for gardening is a “root”. Now, a “root” is the bottom of the plant. The thing that’s
important about the root is it must be grounded or it must be very stable in the soil. So, if
this is our pot, we would put in the plant, the root would be at the bottom, we’d
put in soil here, and it would grow up. How do we get a plant? We have these tiny,
little thing called “seeds” or “seed”. Now, what happens is we put the seed in the soil.
With our watering can, we give it lots of water and love. And eventually, the seed is
going to sprout, and it’s going to grow a plant. But we got to watch out for “weeds”. “Weeds”
are very, very bad. Bad, bad plants. Actually, any unwanted plant in your garden is a weed.
Most people think of weeds as very specific plants, like for example, a dandelion. Now,
a dandelion is a beautiful yellow flower. It’s just a small, little flower. It grows
in a lot of places. When the dandelion dies, the pedals become this beautiful white, fluffy
cloud. What we did as children was we took the dandelions [blows] and we blew them. We
blew the dandelions, and we would make a wish. A lot of people think dandelions are weeds.
Dandelions are flowers, too. Maybe you call them “lion’s teeth”,
if you translate it. But any unwanted plant or
flower is actually a weed. What we have to do because we don’t want the
weed is we have to “pull out the weeds”. So, if this is my rose garden, and this is a dandelion,
I pull it out, and I stomp it and kill it. Bye, dandelion. Not having any of you. So, a
weed, we have to pull out the weeds in the garden. Like I said earlier, we have to “water the
plants”. Hold on, hold on, hold on, Ronnie. You have got a noun of “water”, and then you’ve
got “plants”. Check this out. This is my list of verbs, so “water” is a noun and a verb. So
with my watering can, I’m going to-verb-water the floor. The floor needs to grow. Woo. I’m
going to water the plants. If you’re using your spade, you’re going to dig a hole. Or
you can also dig a hole with a trowel. This is your little hand shovel. And what you’re going to do is you’re going
to “plant a tree” or you can plant any plant. This is a verb, too. You’re going to plant a
plant. Wow. English is crazy, but really, you’re going to plant a plant. So, if I wanted
to plant a plant, first of all, I would dig a hole in the soil or in the earth with
my spade or I could use my trowel. Okay? Then I would, after I’ve grown the seed… So
I “grow the seed”, the seed will turn into a plant, and I put the plants in the earth,
and it’ll grow into a lovely tomato. Yeah, it’s going to be a tomato plant. Another problem that we have is if you have a
lawn. Now, “a lawn” means the grass in your yard. In British English, people call the
yard a garden. This is different in Canadian and American English. When we talk about a
garden, it’s a place to grow plants and flowers. But the grassy part is called a lawn or a
yard. Both of the names are the same. So you could say: “Mow the lawn”, or you could say: “Mow
the yard”. But this is definitely a lawnmower, and not a yardmower. Oh,
English, craziness again. So, if you hear… If you think of a British
person that says: “Gardening”, they’re probably meaning their whole outside area; whereas
we just mean the area that grows plants and flowers. So be careful about that; that might
confuse you. So, you mow the lawn with your lawnmower so it looks all
green and beautiful. If you like gardening, we have some beautiful
gardens you can see in Toronto. Come hang out. We can go see them.
Talk to you soon.

100 thoughts on “English Vocabulary: In the GARDEN

  1. Interesting. I've seen pruners/shears in reverse, where shears are usually larger scissor-like tools and pruners handheld curved scissors to cut branches off.

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  4. Very good video as it goes with memorization and super learning – I think it is crucial to watch it at least once per week for couple of month, so anyone can learn it with permanent effect. One time watching of this vid could be not enough. Thanks Ronnie!

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  8. Thank you teacher for this class! I don't like gardening tasks a lot, but now I think it's very useful for having a beautiful and healthy place. I'll start watering plants from my Mom! ^_^ Thank you. See you, then!

  9. I love ALL your posts. Thank you teacher. You really really are a lovely teacher. Wish you best!
    P.S. I'm really looking forward to see more advanced videos..

  10. "chop your bush" If you actually stop the video at 4:27 you could see her laughing eyes… jejeje
    Can't stop watching your videos. Ronnie, you are the best english teacher!

  11. I work as a gardener and this is very helpful in helping me to talk about my work to my friends, thank you so much! 😀

  12. eheh Ronnie yu have too teach now that weeds need to be keeping ( a few cause have a reason weeds grow near is also for control insect alien we must take care it thanks so nothing is bad …all are " servant "

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  14. Hi Ronnie I have landscape business and I would like to learn how to talk with the clients. You are the best

  15. I learned a lot, thanks!! Btw aren't there any flowes or plants that don't die at all? Perennial platns seem to die…I want a plant that continues to live haha But I love roses!

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