常春藤生活英语【146】How to Plant Seeds 自家园艺乐无穷
2013-07-27 18:19:29 来源：常春藤英语
How to Plant Seeds 自家园艺乐无穷
Many people think that having a garden means you need lots of space and free time. However, that is not true. Growing a few plants in your home or on a window sill still counts as gardening. There are many reasons why gardening is a good hobby to develop. Plants add color to any room and keep the air fresh. Plus, if you keep some flowering plants outside your windows, they may even attract lovely butterflies. You can also try growing vegetables and herbs. They will provide food and flavor for cooking. Dried herbs and flowers also make great decorations.
There are other benefits to gardening as well. One is that it makes people more relaxed. Studies have shown that people who do gardening feel calmer in their lives. This is because gardening helps them release stress. Another benefit of gardening is that it improves health. Gardening keeps you active and provides fresh food. Both of these are essential for a healthy lifestyle. Gardeners also feel a stronger connection to nature. This is important, especially with all of the environmental problems we are trying to deal with these days.
If you are looking for a hobby, give gardening a try. You will discover the fun of getting your hands dirty and the satisfaction that comes with growing something. Besides, nothing tastes better than a vegetable you have grown in your own garden.
Building Your Vocabulary
1. benefit n. 好处，益处
Convenience is a benefit of living in cities.
2. relaxed a. 轻松的；舒适的
Janet felt more relaxed after taking a bath.
3. release vt. 释放，发泄
Bob released his anger by going running.
4. essential a. 绝对重要的；不能缺少的
Strong boots are essential for a long hike.
5. environmental a. 自然环境的
A lot of environmental concerns have been raised about nuclear power plants.
6. satisfaction n. 满足，满意
Bill got satisfaction from being a volunteer.
Phrases for Learning
1. count (+ 人∕物 +) as... （把某人∕物）当作……
Jim counts teaching as a career.
2. give...a try 试一下……
We decided to give the new dish a try.
1. sill n. 窗台
2. flower vi. 开花 & n. 花（本文中以现在分词作形容词用）
3. herb n. 香草；药草
Tips In Use
You can also try growing...
...problems we are trying to deal with these days.
try + 动名词∕名词 尝试……
try to + 原形动词 试着∕设法要……
try 表『尝试』时，用动名词或名词作受词，旨在强调尝试某种方法或某件事；try 若表『设法』时，则用不定词词组作受词，旨在强调企图要做某件事。
Why don't you try making a romantic dinner to surprise your wife?
Maurice tried to make more money for traveling around the world.