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Spring has Sprung, finally!!

I am not a writer but I love to blog about gardening things. I am pretty sure you can work around my grammar and enjoy my blogging.

Geodome Morning

Geodome Morning

It has been quite some time since I posted last. Keeping busy with work and twitter I suppose.

Mornings in the dome are my favorite, the moisture slowly dripping from the surrounding walls back onto the plants with the sun rising and warming the room back up is just almost magical.

I feed the fish in the tank and watch them sprint around the floating plants on the surface. My dogs are running around outside, chasing the Easter bunnies and quail birds invading their yard.

Gardening does take a little time but that is why most of us like to garden, to pass some time and get some joy from tilling the soil, watching the plants grow, harvesting and surmounting some pest/weed control organically.

We have had some set backs this winter but so far, our efforts have been very rewarding. We harvested a bed of radishes, carrots and beets from this winter. The snap peas are going crazy and we are currently enjoying some broccoli and cauliflower. Our tomatoes are growing again after having lost all but one because of our door incident. The one surviving plant was maimed but has produced fruit. We are still waiting for them to ripen.

We have also germinated some flowers and herbs in the dome. Most of them are companion plants for our vegetables but we have started growing seedlings that we will put outside when frost finally leaves us (that can be mid June for us).

Our Feed the People project is coming along great. I thought we would have more cauliflower but with trial and error behind us, next year’s harvest of those will be better.

Well enjoy the spring and let us know if we can help you get started with your own veggie garden!

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Gardening

 

Winter Killed My Plants

I am not a writer but I love to blog about gardening things. I am pretty sure you can work around my grammar and enjoy my blogging.

Winter, snow and cold, typical garden criminals went and got their friends 70mph gusty winds and took the door off my dome. Snow blew in and covered most of the tomato plants in the center raised bed but the tomatoes were not comforted by that blanket. In fact, they died. Winter killed my plants….

Actually, I forgot to latch the door properly so it was all my fault. Domes are built to withstand such elements as winter, cold and winds. The door was repaired the next day, and I tried to salvage the plants but they were doomed. Nothing else in the dome was harmed except for some basil in a pot. Even with the door ripped off and winds blowing in, the dome stayed warmer inside than the outside by almost 15 degrees and that in itself is absolutely amazing. The water tank did it’s thing despite that setback.

My luscious plants in the middle of the dome are no more, however, half the fun is growing them so seeds are growing and soon there will be tomato plants where now there is none. Moral of the story, things happen… you can’t change the winds but you can adjust your sails ( I think that is the saying )

Pictures will be added soon.

 
 

Water Plants

I am not a writer but I love to blog about gardening things. I am pretty sure you can work around my grammar and enjoy my blogging.

The heart of a geodesic dome is the large water tank that acts as a thermal conductor. During the day it absorbs the heat and releases it into the night. Now that the technical reason is out, I skip over it quickly as my thoughts go towards putting fish and water plants in it to add to the whole geodesic dome ambiance.  I consider myself well versed as far as aquariums and the care of fresh water tanks and fish, however, this big 400 gallon thing is a challenge!

There is no way that I am going to invest serious money for filtration and whatnots for this tank! We purchased a bilge pump and hooked it up to our solar panel to run for some hours during the day to oxygenate our tank. I got a couple dozen little feeder goldfish to get the tank environment started. We also managed to have some type of filtration in the beginning in a make-shift water fall that used black lava rock and carbon filters. Finally, after the long wait, our water plants arrive!

Water Hyacinth pon plantsWater Plants

Thing is I thought this was going to be easy. Yes, placing the 4 little water hyacinth plants was a no-brainer however, the hardy lily I also purchased was interesting to say the least.

Did you know that milk crates float? And if the rock you put in there was not heavy enough, they move? Oh! and did you know that once you put that potted plant in the water, it gets very very muddy and you no longer can see the bottom? What was I thinking? I have my water lily in the tank at the height it is supposed to be but now my beautiful clear water is no longer. How in the world will my fish survive? Going to have to Google me some help with the next steps. I would prefer my water be less muddy. Stinking water plants!

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Miscellaneous Stuff

 

What Gardening Does

I am not a writer but I love to blog about gardening things. I am pretty sure you can work around my grammar and enjoy my blogging.


I think one of the reasons people love gardens so much is that we have within all of us a primal love for nature. This desire is strong enough to compel us to create gardens, small outlets of nature, in the midst of all our hustle and bustle. Since being in nature is like regressing to an earlier stage of humanity, we too can regress to a time of comfort and utter happiness. This is why gardens are so relaxing and calming to be in. This is why gardens are a good place to meditate and do tai chi exercises. A garden is a way to quickly escape from the busy world.

A vegetable garden emotes the feeling of accomplishment and eating of the fruits of your labor. A floral garden emotes a relaxing peaceful zen with a sense of oneness with earth.

I love growing anything. It is life all around you, needing your tender care to make sure they make it in the world. Sure, nature has its way of doing it all on its own but gardening is the art of helping nature out while learning from it. I know I converted my husband to the love of gardening so you should try it yourself. Stress relief!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Gardening

 

Twittering

Hooked myself up on Twitter and started what many have been doing for quite some time… TWEETING. Honestly, I did not know how it worked but I have met some like-minded people, hobby farmers and gardening enthusiasts from around the globe!

@Greensoil sells a natural ingredient to feed plants called Moo Poo Tea. I am thinking of getting a sample when my tax returns come though I do organic composting already, I am up for soil nutrient stuff.

@eveninggardener I have truly enjoyed reading his blogs and the recent one about GMO seeds. http://eveningsinthedirt.com/ Who knew? Monsanto owns a whole bunch of seed companies, not just their GMO ones. I’m afraid to look at my seed packets to see…

@Suburban_Farmer A 2012 challenge for the #hobbyfarm chatting people is Feed People Project. I had already decided before the challenge that now with such a nice growing greenhouse dome, that I would donate a row to charity.

And then there are 118 now following us @geodesicD. I have interacted with many more that I haven’t mentioned for lack of time to talk about everyone and as if it was lost, I discovered the whole twitter chat thing. #gardenchat #hobbyfarm #seedchat etc. I do have a hard time following it all, it’s not a clean chat like in a regular chatroom but still I learn so much!

So the time I spend twittering has not been time wasted. My husband still isn’t sure what I am talking about but when I told him the other day that Ricki Lake twittered back at me, he said, “Does she like our dome?” Sadly, we weren’t tweeting about that.

 

 

 

Back up heater failure…

It is a sad morning to go to the greenhouse and find out the backup heater went out. 5am run meant to reset the circuit breaker and cover the tomatoes with blanket. My honey made a tent with small heater circulating warm air into the tent.

When I finally got around to going in the dome, I found that 1/2 the basil didn’t make it, my morning glory sproutlings died and damage on cucumber & zucchini leaves are visible.

I need to rethink our night time in the dome in case that happens again. I think that I will put a blanket on them at night in case that ever happens again. The outside temperature last night was 10degrees and the dome went down to 28degrees without the backup heater. I don’t know for how long but long enough to show the damage that winter and frost can do to a harvest.

It’s in these times I wish there was a forum with other people that garden year round in these conditions to see what they do. Hopefully I will find something like that but for now, I can only vent here.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Gardening

 

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Horses Running Wild

So today, while doing dishes looking out my kitchen window… clop clop clop clop clop 3 wild horses come barreling down the street. Odd? I run outside to see what was going on as I recognized one of the horses belonging to a neighbor down the street. Some neighbors driving by stop their cars and to try to stop the stampede. The horses stop at the end of my street where my next door neighbor has a big corral and mozy onto his property. Adrenaline rushing, I rushed to their front door knocking and yelling you have wild horses in your yard and we need help!

They come out bewildered and as we step out from front porch. My neighbor says stop, don’t move! Of course I listened. He tells me they are right behind you. The three runaway horses were horsing around with his two horses that are in their pens.

They managed to calm 2 of them down and put a harness on them. Third one is bucking at me and skittish but decides to follow the two that are being walked to the corral. Took a while to calm the third one down. One neighbor had a bucket of feed and that is what it took to calm the horse down enough to put a harness and get him into the corral with the others.

Such power! I don’t have horses, just chickens. Not too scary to corral them into their coop.

That was the excitement of today. Crazy!!

 
 

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