posted on Nov, 19 2011 @ 06:18 PM
Im an amateur gardener, always been fascinated with the entire process, especially the results which feed family and friends. A few months back i
stumbled onto a website Nelson & Pade who are leaders in the Aquaponics industry, one that features low wattage tech with a naturally occurring
biofilter plus the sun(free!yay!) to produce plants and aquatic proteins together in a symbiotic cycle with very little water waste( literally what
escapes back into the atmosphere plus loss through plant mass production.....ridiculous considering the inefficient waste of everyday agriculture
practices. Long story short, i bought a handful of books and one of them is The Biodome Garden Book by Patricia Watters.....extremely eye opening.
Although i respect Nelson and Pades efforts to bring the industry forward, the costs are pretty high because they use the best, again, much respect
and drooling over there setups.
Heres where Biodomes come into play...... because the way i see it if we keep printing money with disregard eventually that tomato is going to cost a
wheel barrel of benjamins. One street or one school, homeless shelter, etc at a time and we can all eat well with little waste and nothing chemical
What a Biodome Garden is.......
An organic growing system capable of supplying animal and veggie protein and nutrients without Gmos, chemical ferts or pesticides, although you will
have some friendly pests that help your endevour
A design of great strength, engineered with a high degree of structural integrity.....like hurricane integ yo
A naturally humidified, non electric and totally wind-powered ventilation system
A unit capable of absorbing, storing and radiating heat for a stable growing environment for most if not all of the year in a vast array of
regions.....a few feet of snow? yawn
A weed-free, waist level, moisture retaining, " potting soil" passive solar greenhouse garden
What a Biodome is NOT.......
A place for germinating plants to be "replanted" somewhere else
A flimsy structure higly susceptible to wind "beating
A unit requiring extensive ventilation and humidifying systems
A "hot house" to wilt and bake plants
A veggie bed requiring extensive tilling weding and crouching
A garden needing extensive watering and daily care
All i gotta say is screw tilapia....im putting some Aussie crawfish in mine....and tons of basil.
Costs depend on a handful of factors but can be accomplished for a few grand from what i understand, if your good with your hands, source materials
well, compost yourself.