It is the dark and cold of mid-January but I’m beginning to plan for what will be our third summer growing season in our 20′ dome in the backyard of our home in Nome. It was a bit of an investment upfront, but even my spendthrift husband agrees it’s been a great investment that adds considerably to the quality of our life in Nome. Our initial shipment came minus a few parts and pieces, but James made good on everything, and all at his own expense. This said a lot to us about the integrity of the person we were dealing with – even if his written instructions could have been a little better!
Nome experiences fairly dramatic wind and blizzards, but the dome has held up just fine – and I’m counting on it continuing to do so for many years! It’s a delight to dig my way in in winter, and be out of the wind and snow and smell and see the dark earth. In summer Nome is known for cool and often rainy weather, but the dome has been prolific! We eat from the greenhouse from late June into October, and once we add a Toyo stove our season will begin earlier and last longer. What a treat to have fresh, organic vegetables for ourselves, our freezer, our friends and even a friend’s small cafe.
Lettuce grows so fast that I anticipate 2-3 plantings this summer. We enjoy an abundance of cherry tomatoes and mid-size tomatoes each season, along with cucumbers, peppers, peas, kale, beets, green onions, cauliflower, broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini, collards, chard, beans, turnips, herbs, strawberries – and flowers. We’ve set aside space for a small table and chairs where we often enjoy take our meals. It’s like adding a another room to our home!
We try to eat as locally as possible, from setting net for salmon, hoping a friend gets a moose or a few caribou, to picking wild greens and LOTS of wild berries! The dome now provides a wonderful array of vegetables we can enjoy for a number of months. And it’s amazing all the winter meals one can slip some frozen kale into! We love our dome greenhouse!