July 2019 Growing Dome Of The Month

Growing Dome Greenhouse in Maine
Velma Orcutts 26 Growing Dome greenhouse in Steuben Maine

Velma’s Growing Dome Story

We are excited to feature Velma Orcutt for our first Growing Dome of the Month in five years. She and her husband have been growing out of their 22′ Growing Dome Greenhouse in Maine for seven years. Velma’s husband and son (Warren Sr. and Warren Jr.) built their Growing Dome.

Despite living with heavy snowfall where temperatures can reach -15˚F to -10˚F, Velma’s dome has never experienced weather damage. Because of the durability of her Growing Dome, she has harvested fresh veggies after every fall frost. When we asked Velma what she loves most about her dome, she quickly responded, “Planting my own seedlings for myself, my daughters, and granddaughter.”

Tomatoes and lettuce in Maine Growing Dome Greenhouse

What is she growing?

Velma starts all of her veggies as seedlings in her Growing Dome. This year she is growing a variety of peppers, tomatoes, lettuces, and cucumbers.

When asked about any tricks of the trade she may have, we discovered that she uses bamboo sticks as a cost-effective way to provide height for her crops. 

Furthermore, if you are near Steuben, Maine, Velma has graciously offered to open her Growing Dome for future owners to visit. Please feel free to contact us for more information on scheduling a tour with her.

Beans & Tomatoes in Growing Dome Maine Greenhouse

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Kenzie Jackson Marketing Director
I studied marketing at Eastern Illinois University and have been working as the Marketing Director at Growing Spaces since May 2019. What I love most about my job is getting to tell the stories of our customers in our featured dome articles. It’s all about connecting through storytelling, and it’s pretty cool to see all the different ways people use our greenhouses.


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