Backyard Geodesic Dome Greenhouse Plans

Geodesic Dome Greenhouse Plans… How Big To Build It?

With geodesic dome greenhouse plans, size matters!

When you first decide you want to build a geodesic dome greenhouse, or any kind of green house for that matter, one of the first questions you’re likely to have is…  “How Big Should My Dome Be?”

Most folks dream of a large structure but is that really best for your family’s needs?

The size of biodome you decide to build will depend on the use you plan to put it to.  If you want to grow coconut palms like in the Eden Dome here… you’ll need a HUGE space.

If all you want to do is grow some extra house plants or a few cherry tomatoes and lettuce plants then perhaps a dome will be too much for you.

One of the window greenhouse units that replace a regular window in your home may be sufficient. These look like a lovely bay window and come with room for a few shelves. They rely on your home’s heating and cooling to control the “climate” in the greenhouse.

Let’s explore different options and learn how to decide how much is “enough” greenhouse for you and your family.
 
 

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How Much Growing Space Is In A Geodesic Dome Greenhouse?

How Much Growing Space Is In A Geodesic Dome Greenhouse?

Do I Need A Large Greenhouse?

If you plan to build a structure outside your home an 8 foot dome is the smallest dome you should consider building. In that amount of space you can grow enough flowers or vegetables to get a worthwhile payoff on your investment.

Now, if you’re planning to grow food for a family of four you really shouldn’t consider anything less than a 12 foot dome greenhouse.
 

This may seem way too small but it actually gives you a lot of growing space and if you use the space to grow only vegetables you’ll most likely be able to grow enough to keep your family fed with some to sell or give away.

You’re first reaction may be to think that a 12 foot dome will be much too small. Most folks start off with grand ideas about building a 20, 30 or even 40 foot geodesic greenhouse so there’ll be plenty of room and an abundance of vegetables and flowers.

Now, if someone else is paying the bills or if you have money to burn, go right ahead. If however, you are on a budget like most of us, do some very careful cost estimates before building such a large greenhouse.

You may end up with a lot of unused space and your heating and cooling costs may outweigh the advantages of operating the greenhouse in the first place.
 
For more information on geodesic dome greenhouses please visit www.GeodesicDomeGreenhouse.org
 

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How Much Food Can Grow In A Garden Dome?

How Much Food Can Grow In A Garden Dome?

Let’s take an 8ft Growing Dome For Example…

As for what and how much to grow, with the exception of radishes and dwarf carrots the best dome greenhouse veggies to grow are those that grow above ground. Some good examples are tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, green beans and even squash.

However, it’s impossible to predict how much YOU can grow. So much depends on what you know and how you go about your greenhouse gardening.

For Example, do are you a hydroponics gardener or do you incorporate aquaponics into your gardening plan? Both of these techniques can greatly effect crop types and yields.

Bottom line, when you build a dome greenhouse be sure you know what you plan to do with it before you begin construction. That way you’ll build what you need and no more. Ensuring you’ll get the most bang for your buck from your geodesic dome greenhouse plans.

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