Growing Vegetables In Your Geodesic Greenhouses
Talk to anyone with a greenhouse I guarantee they will talk your ear off about how much fresh veggies they have grown. And they should because food grown in a dome greenhouse is healthier and tastes better than food grown outdoors. Why is this you might ask? Well it comes down to the fact that when you grow in a geodome greenhouse you can totally control humidity, temperature and water. Therefore when you use top quality plant nutrients, add a little TLC and presto! You get food of the finest quality and taste whether you are growing fruit or veggies in your greenhouse dome.
Because of the advances in materials and techniques available to the geo dome greenhouse farmer, you now have an amazing choice of vegetables that you can grow for fun or profit once you have built your solar heated greenhouse. Many seed producers have developed garden seeds that work very well in the dome greenhouse – this means you get the most veggies for your time and energy.
1. Growing Cucumbers in Your Dome Greenhouse
Ever since people started gardening indoors the cucumber has been a very popular choice. They are a great vegetable to start with because they are so easy to grow. Also they taste great, grow fast and produce like crazy. One trick to maximize production is to prune the vines to one main trunk once five or six main leaves appear. Then as the plants start growing train them to add support for the maturing cucumbers. Use a potassium rich fertilizer and lots of water and you will soon have more cukes than you know what to do with!
2. Everyone Loves Tomatoes
Mainly because they are so darned expensive, tomatoes are also a very popular vegetable to cultivate in your geodesic dome greenhouse. Popular varieties include cherry, beefsteak and Roma – but for overall ease of growing the best are the upright cordon varieties – as they allow more space for production.
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Use high potassium feeds and pay attention to watering and pest control and you will yield baskets and baskets of ripe juicy tomatoes. In fact there are varieties that have been specially created for the indoor greenhouse that produce higher yields then outdoor varieties by several times.
3. Use Your Dome Greenhouse to Start Early Crops
Your nice warm greenhouse makes the perfect place to sow seeds as soon as the light starts to come back in February. This provides an early yield of leafy veggie crops as well as creating tons of starts for outdoor gardening too.
Veggies – like lettuce, chives, arugula and herbs – are perfect for the geo greenhouse. As winter is ending, your young tender leaves are ready for harvesting – imagine fresh vegetables while everyone else is just starting to look at seed catalogues!
If you are adventurous or have a nice tall geodesic greenhouse you can even try growing fruit bearing trees and shrubs indoors. The extra heat and protection can stretch your growing season and result in abundant harvests of amazing fruits and veggies all through the winter (if you time your plantings properly).
So don’t wait! Build the greenhouse and get growing!