Urban Gardening

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 14, 2023

Urban gardening is a great topic for English learners to discuss as it is a topic that is increasing in popularity over recent years. Participating in conversations about urban gardening will help English learners to improve their level of English by allowing them to practice their speaking and listening skills, and pick up new vocabulary related to this interesting topic.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Urban Gardening

Urban gardening is a growing trend in cities around the world. It is a way of growing plants and vegetables in urban areas, often in small spaces such as balconies, rooftops, and courtyards. Urban gardening has many benefits, including providing fresh, healthy produce, reducing air pollution, and creating a sense of community. It also helps to reduce the urban heat island effect, which is caused by the large amount of heat generated by buildings and roads.

Urban gardening can be done in a variety of ways, such as container gardening, vertical gardening, and hydroponics. It is important to consider the climate and soil conditions of the area when planning an urban garden. Additionally, it is important to choose plants that are suitable for the space and climate. Overall, urban gardening can be a great way to bring nature into the city and to create a sense of community.

Vocabulary Related to Urban Gardening

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • greenhouse (noun)
  • container (noun)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • trend (noun)
  • plant (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are the benefits of urban gardening for the environment?
  • What challenges do urban gardeners face?
  • What are some creative ways to use urban gardening to beautify a city?
  • If you lived in a city, would you like to have an urban garden?
  • Do you think the government should do more to create urban gardens in cities?
  • What changes would you make to your city if you were in charge of creating urban gardens?
  • What are some difficulties urban gardeners face?
  • What are the most effective strategies for successful urban gardening in a limited space?
  • Should urban gardening be used as a way to promote environmental sustainability in cities?
  • Do you think the popularity of urban gardening will increase in the future?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.