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Jake and Jackie Learn about Gardening, Part 1



Jake and Jackie Learn about Gardening, Part 1
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.73

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    helping, mini, unravel, possibility, deter, angled, surrounding, normally, backs, patting, sprays, fertilizer, filling, frosty, handle, working


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Jake and Jackie Learn about Gardening, Part 1
By Beth Beutler
  

1     "What are you doing, Grandpa?" asked Jake.
 
2     "I'm helping your mom plant her garden." Grandpa answered.
 
3     "Can we help?" asked Jackie, who was again over at Jake's house to play. Jake shot her a look. He didn't want to work in a garden. He wanted to play catch. Normally, Jackie was a good sport and went along with whatever game Jake wanted to play.
 
4     "Sure, Jackie," Grandpa said. "There's an extra pair of gardening gloves over there on the bench."
 
5     Jackie skipped over to the bench while Jake rolled his eyes and sighed. He headed to the bench as well, though with a lot less enthusiasm.
 
6     After Jake and Jackie had their gloves on, Grandpa told them to get two hoes. These tools looked like mini square shovels, angled at the end of a wooden handle. Grandpa showed them how to use the hoes to loosen the soil and remove weeds.
 
7     Jake and Jackie hoed for quite awhile. Jackie was whistling. Jake was huffing and puffing. Finally, they had three rows of soft soil.
 
8     "Great," Grandpa said. "Now we can plant."
 
9     Grandpa brought out a tray of seedlings. "I have marigolds, tomatoes, and beans," he explained.
 
10     Grandpa told them they would plant the marigolds around the outside of the garden. "It is thought that marigolds deter pests and animals. They do give off a strange smell."

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