growing food revolution

We’ll be at the Rodale Institute Growing Dome this month!

For all of you who followed the 33’ Growing Dome build at Rodale Institute this Spring you might remember our Ambassador, Richard Miller who supervised the installation of the Growing Dome. Growing Spaces is happy to sponsor Richard Miller returning to Rodale Insitute to attend a Shumei Natural Agriculture Conference July 26-27. The two day seminar entitled:  “Garden. Life. Balance: …

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Gardening Your Own Food

Peace as a practice taught through gardening

There is an intangible, but equally empowering peace that comes with the practice of growing our own food. Have you taken the time to understand where this peace comes from? In understanding the roots of this peace we can find ways to expand on it and move the practice over into other parts of our lives. First we will look…

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33' Growing Dome

Part 4: 33′ Growing Dome at the Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden

We thought we might be nearing a close with the construction of the 33′ Growing Dome at the Shumei Garden at the Rodale Institute, but this story sure has had it’s twists and turns! It turns out that Richard is headed back east to work on some finishing touches and to help with consulting on the garden bed layout and…

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33' Growing Dome

33′ Growing Dome Installation at Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden

” Off Again To High Adventure” with Richard Miller, Growing Spaces Staff Question: What does Growing Spaces, Rodale Institute, and Shumei Natural Agriculture have in common? Answer: A 33′ Growing Dome Yes, it’s true… Here we go again. Janet and I, the lowly ventmaker, are ” off again to high adventure “. Well, 15′-6″ hi at least, to the top…

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Replenishing Your Garden

Replenish Your Garden’s Footprint

Let’s start out by first acknowledging that gardening is an inherently Earth-friendly activity. The basic acts of turning the soil, sowing seeds, watering, and nurturing the plants literally consists of acting in a loving, gentle and kind way toward the Earth. Gardening is also eco-friendly in less direct but as conspicuous ways. The most obvious way being that our food…

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Proof that Gardening Gives a Natural Mood Lift

How many people do you know who are affected by depression, anxiety, stress or other emotional illness? Or maybe the better question is: Who do you know that is not affected? The pressures of today’s increasingly fast-paced, high-tech society that demands you know all things at all times and learn to do them all at once has brought many to…

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November’s Dome of the Month Winner

                            Congratulations to Larry Berger of Winominee, WI on his gorgeous photo of his aromatic Brugmansia inside of his 22′ Growing Dome. Larry posted so many great photos throughout October and September that we had a hard time choosing. He may not have received the most votes…

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Raised Beds and Pathways in the Growing Dome

Q Is it necessary to have raised beds? Not necessary to have raised beds, but most people do. What with bad knees and bad backs,a lot of more mature gardeners prefer them. Also it is good to have the pathways defined I have a 22 ft with a large center bed which cant be reached from the path way, so…

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A Natural Way to Control White Flies

Q. How do I control white flies in my dome? A. The bad news is that you have white flies; the good news is that you have a number of options to try. If you catch the infestations early, you can take the time to treat individual plants with a dish soap, oil and water mixture (a recipe to try…

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Aphid Control in Growing Dome Greenhouse

Many Dome owners frequently ask us questions regarding pest control. Here are some ideas for doing aphid control: 1.    Is the Dome planted really densely?  Thin the plants by pulling the most infested plants first. 2.    Spray the entire plant with an insecticidal soap or a mixture of  dish washing liquid and water.  Joy and Seventh Generation are good choices. …

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