S: My House is a Greenhouse
BC: Gordon says, "Eat your greens"
FC: My | Greenhouse | Is A | House
1: Story by Joan Jones Illustrations by David McDaniel Photos by Taylor Shook
2: My name is Gordon the Frog and my house is a greenhouse.
3: I live in a very special type of greenhouse. My home is a hydroponic greenhouse. Hydroponics means working water. It means the water does all the work for the plants. No dirt!!
4: In my house, all the plants we grow start from seeds. Some seeds are so tiny that sometimes they have to be coated with clay to see them better.
5: These tiny plants are just 1 week old. They stay in a special place in the greenhouse until they are a little bigger.
6: Once the plants are big enough, we can move them to their new home. They will stay here and be fed until they are ready to be picked!
7: In a hydroponic greenhouse, we have a large tank that holds all the water and food for the plants. We feed the plants through tubes that carry the water and food right to the roots!
8: I like to hang out around the water tank because it is always nice and cool.
9: We have special computers that give the plants healthy food and keep the greenhouse at the right temperature. We can even give them extra light when it is cloudy outside.
10: These large fans help to keep things cool in the hot summer.
11: When I am hungry, I help the plants by eating the bugs that don't need to be here. I can eat flies and gnats and even small spiders. In my home, no one uses harmful chemicals to kill the bugs.
12: Some of my ladybug friends also help in the greenhouse. Ladybugs are a beneficial, which means they are helpers in the greenhouse just like me. Ladybugs can eat as many as 5,000 aphids in one year! That's a lot of bugs!
13: Because the plants do not have to search for food with their roots, they can grow faster and even taste better. YUM, I wish I liked to eat lettuce.
14: Eating your greens is a wonderful way to get Vitamin K. You can even put greens on Pizza. Vitamin K is what builds strong bones. | Eating lots of greens is a good way to get lots of Vitamins K. Vitamin K is what builds strong bones. I wonder if I started eating lettuce...would I be able to jump higher?
15: If I started eating lettuce, I wonder if I could jump higher?
16: We all know how important it is to REDUCE, RECYCLE and REUSE, right? In my house we do all three.
17: We REDUCE by being able to use less water to feed and water our plants.
18: We REUSE by giving away our water to local farmers to water their gardens.
19: We RECYCLE by putting all our lettuce scraps into a compost bin. The compost bin allows the lettuce to slowly break down until it is ready to be added as fertilizer for our garden.
20: It is also very important that we conserve land and water. These are things we may not always have enough of.
21: In my house we can grow 8 times more than if we were planting in the ground. This saves lots of land for other uses.
22: When we water and feed our plants, we use 1/10th of the water that most farms use.
23: Our plants are sold at Farmers Markets, restaurants, and grocery stores. We can sell them fresh lettuce even when it is snowing outside.
24: Here are some plants that were grown where I live. Because the temperature is just right for the plants, they can grow Spring , Summer, Fall, and Winter.
25: These flowers were grown in my greenhouse. They are flowers that can be eaten. They make salads look very pretty. Pretty enough to eat!
26: Eating more locally grown food helps the farmers right here in our community. Knowing where your food comes from makes a lot of people feel better about what they are eating.
27: Thank you for visiting my greenhouse home. It's a wonderful place to watch plants grow and become good food for people to eat!