Unusual Spring Weather

wind load greenhouse

This early spring has been a guilty pleasure for what it seems like everyone in the continental United States, but we’re all secretly wondering what this means. Are we in for a major drought? When will the strong winds and tornadoes die down? Is this what global warming looks like? We definitely can’t answer any of those questions, but we can say that in talking to gardeners from all over the country everyone is seeing an unusually hot and early spring and many of us had a mild winter as well. Here in the Rocky Mountains that brings up concerns about drought and high winds almost immediately.

The good news is that we don’t have to worry about drought or high winds derailing our gardening plans. The Growing Dome uses less water to grow more food because it naturally prevents excessive evaporation of water from the soil. In the summer, Growing Dome gardeners water every day OR every other day. In the winter the Growing Dome needs water once or twice a week. In an outdoor garden you have to water two or more times a DAY in the middle of summer, so in frequency of watering alone we are watering 50-75% less frequently than we would if our garden were outside. From what we know of outdoor gardening that equates to a similar amount of decrease in water usage. Here’s a table detailing the amount of water we’ve estimated each size of Growing Dome uses per week.

Growing Dome SizeSquare FootageWater Usage Per Year (gals)Water Usage Per Week (gals/week)
15′ diameter150146328
18′ diameter250243849
22′ diameter350299056
26′ diameter5505363105
33′ diameter8508667168
42′ diameter130013163252

The Growing Dome structure is rated by engineers to withstand up to 100 mph winds. While it’s whaling outside, your plants can rest easy inside. We’ve received reports from owners of the Growing Dome surviving winds much higher than their rating. Read this story of a Growing Dome in Montana that withstood 130 mph winds. Just last summer we received a written report from Lauri Knox who lives in Pine, CO and owns a 15′ Growing Dome: “I just wanted to let you know that our dome survived the recent hurricane force winds and all the flying debris such as broken tree branches. We had gusts of winds measuring up to 115 MPH (but that is as high as the anemometer will register). All around the dome there was destruction and chaos of debris. The dome survived beautifully. Thank you for providing such a quality product. I love my Growing Spaces Dome!

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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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