Gardener’s Wake-up Call from the Wild

Growing Dome greenhouse above ground pond

From Dee Armstrong in Fort Garland, CO

“I’ve been working hard on the cosmetics inside and outside the Growing Dome while my fall crop ripens. I now have seven cantaloupe blossoms, ten beans that are almost ready to pick, eighteen bean plants that have already reached the top of the vent, and nearly eighty tomatoes. We’ve only picked three tomatoes, but there are quite a few blush-colored ones. We might have to heat the Growing Dome a bit until the tomatoes ripen, but next year they will ripen earlier. The Swiss chard, beets and peas are all doing very well. It’s already in the upper 40s at night now, but the dome heats up to mid-eighties during the day. It’s usually about 60 degrees in the early morning. This morning was very special in the dome. I took my yogurt and coffee to the dome to just sit. I was rather startled when the elk started bugling right near me, probably at our stream. It was the loudest bugle I have heard since we moved here. What a fantastic way to eat breakfast. It’s the wake-up call of the wild!

18' Growing Dome foundation wall
Our rock edge around the outside of the Growing Domeall rocks are from our woods Eventually we plan to completely cover the gravel next to the Growing Dome over the blue board with indigenous rocks With the rock edge it appears that the dome has risen from the ground like a natural part of the woods IMHO

When we get settled with our plantings next spring, we will concentrate on building an island—most likely a low-level strawberry tower. Boo, our cat, loves the bits of catnip that I bring into the house each morning. The catnip is doing very well in the Growing Dome—a small patch just for Boo! She now nags me to go to the Growing Dome first thing each morning to bring back her special treat! She leaves absolutely not a tiny tidbit of catnip!”

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Kyle joined the Growing Spaces team in 2015, and enjoys being involved in all the exciting projects and developments happening around here!I graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 2009 and moved to Gunnison, Colorado to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies. After graduating from Western State Colorado University, I moved back to my home town Pagosa Springs. Since moving back home in 2013, I have been working to develop a farm in Arboles. In my spare time, one may find me backpacking in the wilderness, cruising on a mountain bike, slacklining in the park, or skiing Wolf Creek. I also enjoy creating art when I am not outdoors. The mediums that I enjoy working with are yarn, canvas and paint, and clay. I have been experimenting with aquapoinics and am always excited to share knowledge on the subject with others. I joined the Growing Spaces team in 2015, and enjoy being involved in all the exciting projects and developments happening around here!

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