Solar Water Heater

Design a Solar Water Heater for your Growing Dome

Did you know that water serves as a highly efficient thermal regulator? This is well demonstrated by the way coastal cities and towns, such as Anchorage, AK, stay warmer during the winter months than inland cities, such as Fairbanks, AK. The reason for this difference in climate is the ocean, which curbs extreme temperature fluctuations. The above ground pond in…

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community garden

Community Greenhouse in Manchester, UK Makes Real Food

    Here at Growing Spaces we often talk about how we have Growing Domes at over 100 schools around the world. Our founder, Udgar Parsons, grew up in England and has spent the later part of his life in the US. His multi-national background makes him naturally excited to now own an international company. When Growing Spaces founder and…

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Tour of Domes

Pagosa Springs Tour of Domes April 23,2015

              Join us Thursday, April 23rd from 3-6pm for a free, self-directed driving tour of Growing Dome greenhouses in the Pagosa Springs area and see how mountain folks are gardening year-round. Growing Spaces LLC and two Growing Dome owners invite you to spend time in seven different Growing Domes, taking in the beauty and…

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aphid management

Aphid Control: Why Aphids Suck

There are over 900 thousand known insect species on earth, but aphid species are some of the most well known to gardeners. Did you know there are many different species of this notorious pest insect? Although we generally refer to all aphids as a general pest, different species actually affect gardens in various places because they have specific winter hosts….

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Growing Spaces, Growing Dome, Real Food

Eat Real Food

EAT REAL FOOD! I always love January as a time for various “year in review” articles and summaries as well as my own planning and dreaming for the New Year. One thing has really struck me after “the warmest year on record” and the economic volatility that keeps us Baby Boomers working past retirement age is that many of us…

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Growing Dome Greenhouse Temperature Monitoring: Episode 7

Just over a week ago, Pagosa Springs received some much needed snow. Overnight, more than a foot of wet snow blanketed trees and mountains surrounding our little town. It’s unusual for Colorado to receive such wet, heavy snow, and much of the town actually shut down for a snow day! Although county employees and teachers got the day off, our…

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Growing Spaces, Winter Gardening, Growing Dome

Snow and the 2015 Harvest Tracker: Episode 6

The Snow and Cold are Here! Until a few weeks ago, the Growing Spaces team and all of Pagosa Springs, CO was still waiting for our first big winter snow. Impatience for this important seasonal event ended just a few days before the Christmas holiday when the clouds finally dumped a good amount of fluffy snow on our tiny town….

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harvest, salad greens, Growing Spaces, winter harvest, greenhouse

Winter Vegetable Harvest: Episode 5

It’s winter vegetable harvest time, and we hope to make it a holiday tradition. The long awaited snow and winter cold has finally arrived in Southwest Colorado, but our lush garden in the 15′ Growing Dome continues to produce yummy, nutrient-rich greens. The longer season crops we planted in October are also coming along nicely, and we should have some…

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Growing Spaces, business culture, season's greetings

Season’s Greetings

Season’s greetings! What is this season? A time of turning … turning toward snowboots and scrapers and bundling up to scrape snow off the solar panels and help Udgar mount the plow.  The smell of wood smoke nurtures my sense of gratitude for our Rocky Mountain home and the outdoor life we get to live. This too is a time…

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mold, mildew, greenhouse, Growing Spaces, mold prevention

Breaking the Mold

Mold and mildew are both types of fungi that grow best in warm, humid environments. Most fungi reproduce and spread via spores. Spores emerge from fruiting bodies of fungi and are most commonly dispersed via breeze or transported by water. Much like plant seeds, spores can survive environmental conditions that aren’t conducive to fungi growth, only to begin growing when…

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