Gardening in the Snow in a Growing Dome

If you want to see for yourself that the Growing Dome® was made for winter, for gardening in the snow, in the mountains, then you have to see the pictures we received yesterday. 

Here in Pagosa Springs, it won’t stop snowing. Outside continues to be gray, cold, and delivering one snow storm after another. We have all earned an auxiliary title on our business cards: Snow Removal Specialists. We might not be experts, but we are certainly daily technicians.

Last week, I shared pictures of our parking lot and the snow fortress rising up to meet our 26′ Growing Dome. However, this isn’t the picture I really want you to see. It is a lot of snow, and we’ve gotten more since, but our snowfall pales in comparison to the Sierra’s right now.

gardening in the snow

Wow. That’s a lot of snow! Look at these pictures from

gardening in the snow
gardening in the snow

Don’t Get the Plants Complaining

I’m not sure if it’s a cultural thing, or intrinsic to human nature, but we tend to complain. Sometimes we complain a lot. With wet boots, cold feet, mending snow shovels, fixing plow trucks, and even simple navigation of snow packed icy roads, the complaints have been flying. I’m as guilty as the next person. Acting as if we’ve got it bad. Like we’re having a hard winter.

Sometimes all it takes is a little shift in perspective to snap us out of our “poor me” mindset. When I saw those pictures, I knew I had nothing to complain about. Or maybe, those folks have more to complain about than me.

Down the road a little way from Tahoe, and the photos above, live our friends at the Tahoe Food Hub. Here’s their Growing Dome.

gardening in the snow

This picture also showed up yesterday, and here’s what they said:

“Our Growing Dome at the Sierra Agroecology Center is buried but still jammin’! Check out this recent photo! Proving that we can grow year-round in the mountains.”

Sometimes people find it hard to believe the Growing Dome grows all winter long.  They wonder if it holds up to mountain snows and winds ripping across the plains. I hesitate against calling anything 100% foolproof and sometimes, things speak for themselves.

With proper maintenance and consistent use, the Growing Dome holds structural integrity and grows food. All Year Long. Even when winter refuses to let up.

As we complain, trudging through snow paths with our shovels in hand, the greens in the Growing Dome have nothing to complain about. They get to do what they do best.

gardening in the snow

If you forget to water and tend them, they might complain. However, they probably won’t care too much about the snow outside.

One last reminder. I don’t know if you believe this or if I even believe it either, but “they” say your plants are listening. They listen and respond accordingly. Some claim your plants grow better when you talk nicely to them, play classical music, and interact with them in a heartfelt, caring way. 

It might all be bologna, but if there’s anything to it, you might want to check yourself. Hang your winter blues complaining at the door of your dome before you go in.

Keep warm, stay safe, keep growing, and enjoy winter.

the growing food revolution


The Growing Spaces Team

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Jason Stuck
For three days in March 2008 Jason Stuck shoveled gravel into a Growing Spaces’ 33’ Growing Dome. That was Jason's first “project” working for Growing Spaces. Jason easily fell in love with the product, the people, and the philosophy of helping the earth by helping others grow their own food. Jason wore many hats at Growing Spaces over the years. Shovel slinger, metal fabricator, shopkeeper and author. Jason wrote many articles for our website and newsletter.


  • Nice blog Jason! We were on vacation for 10 days and had someone water once, and when we came home we were both sick for 10 days, and didn’t do anything inside. A few days ago my husband when inside to see how things were, and came back to the cabin with broccoli and greens for dinner. He said all the plants seemed to be doing well in there. I just wanted to add our experience, to your report. Thanks!

  • Is it necessary to sweep the snow from the dome to allow all possible sun to shine through? We’ve already had a foot of snow in southwest Montana and overnight temps in single digits. The lowest temp in the dome so far has been 34 degrees. Just wondering what others are doing to keep the inside as warm as possible. Thanks!

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