Ms. Becker’s Language Arts class recently conducted a research trip to Forget-Me-Not Nursery in Indian, where we visited with master gardener Courtney Ruckel . We are studying greenhouses as part of an investigation of nutrition and to prepare for the Airport Heights greenhouse!
Don’t forget to join us on Saturday, September 20, for Dream Big Saturday greenhouse construction from 12-2 pm!
A grateful thank you to Courtney for sharing her time and knowledge. Thanks also to Alaska Division of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program for providing transportation funds.
Photos courtesy Tony Flores.
What is a greenhouse? By John and EJ
Greenhouses are places where plants grow inside a shelter. Greenhouses are in Alaska because its too cold outside and some plants need heat. There are a lot of different types of greenhouses. You don’t need a big greenhouse, all you need is a box on the ground for a small greenhouse. Geodesic domes are really sturdy greenhouses. If you have a greenhouse keep the plants that need the most heat on top because the plants on top get the most heat.
Why are greenhouses used in Alaska? By Cameron and CJ
It is really cold for most plants to grow. In the winters it will freeze your plants. The cold will make your house cold so the plants end up dying in the horrible lonely cold with no mama. So buy yourself a greenhouse so you don’t kill your plants! We need greenhouses in Alaska for the plants such as tomatoes, squash, and cucumber.
What kinds of plants grow well in a greenhouse? Why? By Jacob and Princess
These are the plants that grow well in a greenhouse: tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, basil, snap beans, zucchini, flowers and types of squash. They grow well because it is hot in a greenhouse. These plants can’t grow well outside in Alaska because it’s too cold and the soil gets stiff and they can’t live in the cold weather. Plants that grow well in a greenhouse like it warm.
What kinds of plants don’t grow well in greenhouses? By Alana and Sheng
Some kinds of plants don’t grow well in greenhouses because it is too hot for them to grow. Plants that need it cold to grow are potatoes, carrots, turnips, radishes, beets, and other greens. The plants like it cold because they are used to being cold. You can’t grow some plants in a greenhouse because there’s not enough room like carrots and potatoes because they are rooted plants.
Where can you put a greenhouse? What is the best place? By Jimmy and Uzaffa
A greenhouse needs to face south to get the maximum sun exposure for the plants to grow well and be healthy. Also a greenhouse needs leveled ground so the greenhouse is stable so it will not break down. The greenhouse needs to be protected from strong winds so the greenhouse will not collapse. Plants and flowers need well drained soil so they don’t drown. You will need a location that does not collect water around the landscape. Those are the things you need to have for choosing a place to put a greenhouse.
What are greenhouses are made out of? By Diasly and Pablo
They are made out of wood, glass and plastic. They need glass or plastic so the sunlight shines through to the plants. The wood is needed to keep its structure from falling. There are many options to choose from, like plastic film, polycarbonate, glass, acrylic, and fiberglass reinforced plastic. We visited Courtney’s Forget-Me-Not greenhouse and it was made of wood, glass and plastic.
What is ventilation, and why is it needed in a greenhouse? By Jessica and Amy
Ventilation is oxygen that’s in a greenhouse. Ventilation is needed in a greenhouse because it helps with airflow. But, if there is not proper ventilation, it can lead up to diseases and pest infection. Greenhouses let in heat from the sun and forms moist heat and gets trap in a greenhouse. The regular temperature for a greenhouse is 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If it gets too hot you can turn on fans or open the top roof of the greenhouse. If your plants get too wet it can contain mold and powdery mildew. But if it gets too cold, heat up the greenhouse. In conclusion, airflow is clearly important in a greenhouse.
Why are dome greenhouses popular? By Donahven and Ellie
Dome greenhouses are popular because they are large and their dome top sheds snow. Large greenhouses can store more plants. They can store LOTS of plants and they can stand during strong winds. The shape is based on triangles and circles. They are hot enough to allow plants to live. For plants, with care, it can be their oasis….and yours too!!
What kind of furniture is used in a greenhouse? By Genavieve and Fred
There is a variety of furniture in a greenhouse. In a greenhouse you can put the flowers on benches or around the benches. The benches have to be sturdy enough to hold the heavy plants, soil, and water. In the greenhouse moisture is always a problem for the wood. You can get treated wood to help prevent the wood getting damaged. Be sure to get non toxic treated wood if you are going to. In a greenhouse you can also put flowers around or on the table.
In a greenhouse you can have a second level. You can also hang stuff off the ceiling. The reason people hang containers or pots is for decoration or for the other plants that need heat and space. Some people have a second floor for their seedlings to get more heat and to grow faster. There are many types of furniture in the greenhouse and these are some of the many types.
What diseases can occur in greenhouses? By Brea and Josiah
Plant diseases sometimes occur in greenhouses. One way you can have infections are insects. Insects like aphids can make your plants die. When aphids appear in a greenhouse they suck the juice out of plants. Another way your plants can die is the climate. When you leave on the heat for too long, your plants can be moist, soggy, and wet. When that does happen and infection like powdery or downy mildew can let your plant die. If you have even more plants around it, it will spread until there is no more. Make sure to monitor your greenhouse plants so no pests will attack.