A Guide to Creating the Best Modern Homestead for Self-Reliance
There are many challenges to consider when planning the ideal modern homestead: crop failure, limited time, limited water, limited resources, limited growing season, and proper protection. Most of those can be solved with the addition of a Growing Dome greenhouse.
The Growing Dome’s seven features make it the ultimate preparedness tool, combating challenges and aiding the survival of your garden. It uses active and passive solar technology to create a stable and energy-efficient year-round growing environment no matter where you live. It is a robust and reliable structure that will withstand the test of elements and time. Allowing you to take control and relax, knowing your food supply is safe from wind, snow, hail, animals, and hungry critters.
Building The Best Modern Homestead Greenhouse
Growing Dome Greenhouse kits were designed to create an affordable, high-quality solution for the short growing seasons experienced in many parts of the US and Canada. Over the years, we’ve optimized our kits for easy Do It Yourself installations.
Using our written instructions in the manual and installation videos provided with each Growing Dome, you can build a well-protected greenhouse. These greenhouses are known to withstand hurricane-force winds and last over 30-years on your ranch, property, in your backyard, or small space. You can grow a garden that thrives 365, no matter where you live! Or watch our YouTube video: The Modern Homestead Garden Guide
If you aren’t much of a do-it-yourselfer or just need a helping hand, our Growing Domes can be installed with the help of a private contractor, Growing Spaces supervisor, or our full Growing Spaces installation crew.
Planting & Growing High Yield Fruits & Vegetables in a Growing Dome
Part of growing a successful survival garden is picking suitable crops, especially nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables that are easy to grow and capable of maximizing food production.
Starchy root vegetables such as carrots, beets, radishes, and turnips will provide plenty of calories and are easily stored long term. Plant them in your Growing Dome’s central bed where the temperature is more stable, allowing the roots to grow big and strong. Consider planting a fruiting tree nearby, such as fig. Not only will it provide figs year after year, but the tree will also serve as a companion plant providing shade and extending the season of your root vegetables.
Use the raised beds around the perimeter of your growing space to focus on fruit production that can be dried and preserved. Things like tomatoes, peppers, and berries will be a great source of antioxidants throughout the winter. Certain fruiting crops such as squash, green beans, and greenhouse variety cucumbers should be planted closer to the south side for extra heat and sun.
Remember to utilize the space outside of your Growing Dome to plant flowers that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies! You can construct raised beds or plant directly into the earth depending on your soil type.
Today, more than ever, people and communities are focused on becoming more self-sustaining, preparing for an uncertain future. Whether you are starting your version of the modern homestead or just looking to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle, the most critical aspect of becoming more self-reliant is growing your own food.
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