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The Biodome Garden Book: The only greenhouse design that needs no electrical ventilation or humidifying system. Paperback – August 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463757360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463757366
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patricia Watters is committed to energy conservation and wholesome lifestyles. Log homes and solar greenhouses are complimentary to her philosophy of life. Her objective in creating THE BIODOME GARDEN BOOK and WAIST-LEVEL GARDENING (also on Amazon), and passing on the information so that others can benefit from her research, is an effort to help others enjoy a healthful, environmentally-friendly way of life. Ms. Watters became involved in creating an effective passive solar greenhouse system in 1982 while pursuing an interest in growing vegetables year-around that would use a minimum of water. Subsequently, she developed her Biodome Garden, which includes a 900-gallon aquaculture system for heat absorption, radiation, and humidification. Ms. Watters lives with her husband in a hand-built log house in the woods of Oregon. Their only source of water is rain water, which is collected off the roof and flows into an 8000-gallon under-ground cistern. She invites you to visit her website at www.biodomegarden.com to learn more about the book, and to view full-color photographs of her Biodome garden.

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Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Patricia Watters gave up city life and now writes novels from a hand-built log house nestled in the evergreen forests of Oregon. An author with Harlequin and Avon-Harper Collins in the past, Patricia specializes in romance, and she invites you to visit her website and drop her a line. She responds to all notes: www.patriciawatters.com

Customer Reviews

Love this book; cant wait to build one!
Ricster
I was not very happy about that and I was hoping the book would tell me how to build the dome not how to buy the materials from them.
FamOlson
I thought it well-written and the instructions clear.
"Karen"

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162 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 16, 2011
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I was very excited about getting the Biodome Garden Book. If you buy this be sure to buy the one for $9.95 version as opposed to the one for$19.95) But after having gone through the book several times I am left with many questions and concerns. This book is great for ideas about using water, stone, concrete, and a fiberglass dome to create a space for growing plants and aquatic life. The book assumes that you have solid skills in carpentry, plumbing, excavating, large aquarium management and construction design skills. The author gives the big picture and some details but leaves you or a professional to fill in many gaps and most of the details. I found most of the essential design layouts and photos to be too small and or poor quality. Half of the book is dedicated to organic gardening and to creating a 900 gallon aquarium, also information is redundant. So about half or so of the book addresses what is involved with actual building the Biodome.

The basic crux of this book is to share the idea of creating an approximately 200 square foot, 18.5' high dome greenhouse incorporating raised beds, a partial aquaponics/hydroponic system, compost bin, a worm bin, and a sink, freeaing pipes etc.

The Biodome design discussed in the book is basically building the top of a concrete and fiberglass silo on the ground, with a 900 gallon fish tank in the center. The walls of the Biodome which also serve as the walls of the raised bed and the walls of the fish tank are made of concrete silo staves which have a cable with tension that runs around the outside of these staves to secure them. The water, concrete and other stone, absorb heat during the day and release it night and during cold weather helping to stabilize temperature and humidity.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Victoria L. Mayes on January 18, 2012
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This book was inspiring, and may provide food solutions for many folks. I love the simplicity of how the biodome works without electricity. My husband thinks it's an ugly structure, but for providing us with food security into our twilight years, it seemed a viable solution.

The information provided in the book seems uneven in terms of not providing sufficient how to information in some areas (fish culture) and then delving into detail in less important areas. How to keep the water at optimal temperatures for tilapia or whatever fish are used might be a challenge depending on your climate.

After reading this we did more aquaponic research and decided to get away from soil altogether as the veggies grow significantly in an aquaponic system. I haven't thought about how the biodome might be adapted for aquaponics only system, but it probably would work out.

At present we are thinking of building our aquaponic system in our house to improve ease of regulation of fish tank temperature, but still working on issues with that.

The biodome is a thought provoking concept and it's worth a read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Waku Waku on December 16, 2012
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It's too complicated and involves materials that are not easily available. It seems like a hook to get you onto her website and buying her materials...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By FamOlson on October 3, 2013
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This book was an advertisement for what the author is selling. I was not very happy about that and I was hoping the book would tell me how to build the dome not how to buy the materials from them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mepps on October 20, 2013
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Interesting book, but more or less useless for building. Materials are hard to obtain or only available from the author's site, which features the fiberglass dome. Priced currently @ $4,100. That's a lot of lettuce.

There are much better books on both aquaponics and greenhouse design.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Fritsch on September 18, 2012
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I've just purchased this book and am looking through it and think the instructions could be a bit clearer. I come with a background in aquaponics where the water from the fish tank is circulated through the grow beds (no dirt is needed as the roots filter the water and the fish water provided rich nutrients for the roots) and circulates back into the fish tank. Thus one must either work with some type of gravity flow system to circulate from the fish tank to the water beds but would need a pump to aerate the water for the fish and move the water back into the tank. I know of someone who used a system similar to this in Maine and it worked very well with also keeping the house warm in winter as there was a walk through from house to green house area. It would be nice to see some youtube videos on this particular system. I also though of using hay bales as the outside perimeter (cemented on exterior and interior for the foundation as this is good cheap insulation method for hot or cold climates.

Check this website for imformation on aquaponic systems that also utilize greenhouses. [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn E. Senter on July 17, 2013
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Lots of good ideas, but the plans are for a much colder climate than the North Florida area where I live. If I ever move to my property in the North Carolina mountains, this will be my first project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lara Miller on April 24, 2013
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I really have enjoyed reading about a new way to become sustainable. It has a great plan for gardening year round in any climate with minimum use of electricity etc. The only thing I had a hard time with is finding replacement for the silo staves. We don't have silos here in the Appalachians and I think the author must be from a large ranching community where they a re plentiful.
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