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Your Greatest Family Gift - Construct a Back Yard Solar Greenhouse & Fish Source

Updated on October 21, 2013

When I have my little house with a yard

I'm going to construct a greenhouse, so when I came across The Biodome Garden Book with a picture of the dome on the cover I ordered it after reading the sample pages on Amazon.

Soon as I began reading I knew this is a structure that will meet my needs for growing some of my own organic foods - especially because it conserves water, also grows fish, doesn't require electricity, can be used year-round even in a snowy winter climate, and does it all without chemicals!

That means I can cut my grocery bills

while ensuring that I get highly nutritious veggies, along with a means of incorporating more fresh fish into my diet --- and I can do it all while standing up. That means something special to my nagging back.

I've been attracted to some clever greenhouses. An old school bus adapted to growing vegetables on tables built onto the seat frames is the most memorable of those. All those windows provide lots of light, but there's still a lot of work involved - much more so than with the Biodome.

I can easily Imagine the joy

in picking my own produce from a waist-high growing bed, and netting my own fresh fish from the tank inside the garden enclosure.

The produce and fish are all truly organic and grown pest and pesticide free, with one's own fish waste serving as organic fertilizer for the plants. It's symbiosis at its best: fish waste enriches the water that circulates through the plants; the green plants release carbon dioxide back into the water, feeding the fish, and they all feed me.

The more I read the more I knew

that this is the design for my yard. I have some experience with home building, have lots of tools, and some talented family members who will know how to pull everything together. My place will have snowy Winters and this building style easily sheds a couple of feet of snow without collapse. Since it's round the snow naturally tends to slide right off anyway.

Greenhouse dome shape is ideal

for gathering the sun's rays, since the sun is always 90 degrees from the surface of the structure, the angle at which heat is absorbed most efficiently.

Summers will be sunny and hot where I'm going, and luckily this structure features an easy and effective vent system at the top - it even uses the wind to turn the ventilation fan, turning ever faster as heat builds up inside, so the temperature is self-regulating. I like that.

I won't need to string a power cord out there to run a portable fan, even - because the Biodome is self-ventilating with an ingenious system that regulates the amount of hot air blown out through the top roof opening. The only lights might be strung as decorations, since I won't be gardening at night anyway, and I can get battery charged strings of lights.

So now I have selected my greenhouse style.

I know why I want it. I know how it will benefit my health and my pocketbook. I know that once it is built it will be a convenience, more than a chore.

A couple years ago I began drinking green smoothies - about a quart each day - and am eager for the day when I can step out to my greenhouse and harvest my own greens. Research affirms the science that informs us of the need to eat fresh fish a few times per week, and now I know how I can also make that happen without taking fishing trips to the wilds every couple days.

I know how much my health, stamina,

and strength have improved since I reshaped my dietary practices, and began to consume fresh fish on a regular basis. If you have a gardener and cook in your family, or if someone faces health challenges, and if you want to create a real family treasure and beautiful time spent together in a nurturing setting you might want to gift a loved-one or yourself with this book. It is a treasure that will make nutritious things happen.

Please check this out on Amazon, where you can browse the book too.

I Suggest a Couple of Companion Books

Different authors highlight different aspects of this nurturing growing project and the prices are a low cost investment to reducing food costs.

7 Myths About Aquaponics: An introduction to growing plants and fish together (Coo Farm Press Pocket Guides) (Volume 1)
7 Myths About Aquaponics: An introduction to growing plants and fish together (Coo Farm Press Pocket Guides) (Volume 1)

This is the softcover book, priced at $4.38 (10.16.13) and it's the second one I'm buying. I want to be able to lay the book out flat, write notes in it, and post sticky notes on the pages - turn it into a workbook and idea book, so I'm getting the solid copy.

7 Myths About Aquaponics: An introduction to growing plants and fish together
7 Myths About Aquaponics: An introduction to growing plants and fish together

For $1.49 (10.16.13) on Amazon, this Kindle book is rated 4 Stars by Reviewers. It is valuable along with the other books, or by itself as a myth buster.

The author shares tips learned from successful growing with an interest in planning a low-cost system.

Cauliflower Biodome Aquaponics
Cauliflower Biodome Aquaponics

What do you think about using a biodome to grow truly organic produce and fish using aquaponics?

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    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Just the thought of walking out to the greenhouse and picking some greens while the winds howl outside is exciting to me. I think cats would really like spending time in there too - as long as they are not fishers.

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      5 years ago

      I like this idea!

    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @DebMartin: Isn't it exciting! They say it's good even with several feet of snow in Winter. Can't wait.

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      5 years ago

      This is amazing. It probably will not work in my environment but I'm going to check it out for sure. Maybe a 3-season greenhouse is in my future.

    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: I find it exciting that it will even fit in a backyard.

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      5 years ago from UK

      Hello. I've heard of this before but I had no idea you could buy kits. I am so interested in this. What a great idea. I drink green juice everyday too - and I do grow my own veggies, but this looks fab! Thanks for the information.

    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @MJ Martin: Isn't this a grand idea! I saw it featured (another style of hand built greenhouse aquaponic setup) on PBS last night. Fantastic for increasing a city's (or householder's) food production.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      5 years ago from Washington State

      Wow, vegetables and fish all grown from one place, amazing. So need to learn more about this!

    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @sousababy: Yes, I've been looking for a greenhouse that would satisfy several needs and I think having fish swimming around fertilizing the plants simplifies several of the tasks involved. I like where some users create little seating areas out there.

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      5 years ago

      This is absolutely brilliant . . what a great idea.


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