I have a confession. I have been holding out on you. But I wanted it to be a surprise. You see after the big storm back in April, when the house was still up on jacks, while the foundations underneath were being built, that brought with it 212km gusts straight off the ocean, I realised I’d have to adjust my vision for the garden a little.
That storm was terrifying, but the house stood strong and now in the midst of winter went a storm rolls in I feel safe and secure in the knowledge, no harm will come to us. However, in years gone by I have spent many a night lying awake and thinking the worst as the wind whipped around my glasshouse, and its predecessors of varying quality. The storm made me realise things out here on the coast need to be built of stronger stuff and the greenhouse I had picked out but not yet purchased, just wouldn’t last long in these conditions. I naively thought the ability to withstand winds of up to 150km would be enough.
A greenhouse is a significant investment for a good one and I was looking at spending around $6K. The conditions of the move with Hubby the Un-Gardener, was I was to have everything I had before, and in time for the new growing season. That required a good budget, because the old garden had come about over the decade with a bit spent here and a bit spent there, and no one noticed how much it really cost. Until we did a quick add up as we were packing to leave…. I had a good budget and thought I could get away with a slight upgrade on the greenhouse… just a touch bigger than the old one. A chance like this wouldn’t come about often.
But had I bought the greenhouse before the storm that would have been money wasted especially as I found out years ago, you can’t ensure a greenhouse on the eve of a storm. The insurance people weren’t very encouraging at all, strangely. So, the storm was a blessing, but one that required a rethink.
Then I remembered my lovely friend Bren, over in Ohio, who I met when I went to the Garden Bloggers Conference back in 2015 in Atlanta, USA, has a Geodesic Biodome and loved it. She could garden in the middle of a snowy winter in there. You should check her out – she is over at Brenhaas.com and has fabulous gardening things going on. I don’t need mine so much to keep the cold out, but aren’t triangles the safest shape? And with it being a dome shape the wind would just sail right over. It seemed perfect.
So, I set the wheels in motion and asked my builder – “do you think you can build me one of these?” and showed him a picture on the internet. He knows me better now and my strange requests that start with “can you build me…” doesn’t faze him anymore. But he embraced the challenge and now I have a fabulous geodesic biodome sitting proudly in my garden! And I love it. It still needs glazing and shelving, but oh my goodness it is awesome. Oh, and don’t ask about the budget – I think I blew that a long time ago.
If you want to see my wonderful dome and have a tour of my garden to see what I’ve been up to lately, check out my latest You Tube video.
Now the dome is up, I really need to press on as spring starts on Saturday and I’ve still got beds to build and loads of digging to get them all filled.
Come again soon – the new growing season in my new garden is about to begin.
Sarah the Gardener : o)