Oct 18

Greenhouse Tips

Greenhouse

Choosing the best greenhouse that fits your gardening interest is a lot like choosing the best phone on a cellphone shop. Each and every phone possesses its own technology, special features, use and size. One has to be guided by certain criteria to bring home the best choice. This article delves on practical tips in choosing your greenhouse:

1. Durability. This is practically the primary factor that you have to consider in choosing the best greenhouse. You have to see for yourself the toughness of its frame and firmness of its structure so that a greenhouse can withstand the forces of nature in your particular place.

2. Aesthetic Quality. Because of its durability, a greenhouse can last for years and decades that is why it is equally important to choose the pleasant-looking greenhouse. It must fit your taste for beauty as well as its compatibility with your garden landscape, house design and fence. Never own a greenhouse that will be an eye-sore for you, your family and visitors. It pays that you like what you invest your money in.

3. Rationale. Consider your reasons for buying a greenhouse. Are you growing medium-sized fruit-bearing plants, flowering plants, herbs or just to grow seedlings for your bigger garden area? Are you putting in aquaponics, too? These questions when answered lead you to the consideration of the greenhouse’s size and height, materials, lighting, heating and cooling needs plus the layout on the inside. Most of the time, people own greenhouse to turn it into an organic food factory nowadays. Choose wisely from among available greenhouse seeds.

4. Budget Wise. How much do you want to allocate for a greenhouse? Trusted manufacturers would always create the most durable and most promising greenhouse that they can ever build. However, quality and price go proportionately hand-in-hand. Well, needless to say, you have to save some cash especially intended for a quality greenhouse. Should you wish to build your own greenhouse, consider the materials used, its availability and complexity on how it is built.

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Oct 19

Aquaponics: What is it, how it works?


WHAT IS AQUAPONICS?

Aquaponics is basically a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. Its focus is of twofold: 1. taking care of fish both for personal and commercial consumption (aquaculture); and 2. the focus on taking care of plants without making use of the soil (hydroponics).

The diagram shows how the system works:

Aquaponics Diagram by Marcus

The system works by fish culture in a tank or aquarium. Regularly, placed over the tank or aquarium are seedbeds which fed on the microbes from fish wastes pumped to the plants acting as organic fertilizers.

The plants then filter the water for the nourishment of the fish. It is in short a man-made natural ecosystem wherein mutual relationship exists between the fishes and the plants with the ultimate goal of benefiting and satisfying its creator with healthy food.

Why Aquaponics?

In providing fresh, tasty and healthy organic herbs, vegetables and fruits for your family, you practically have in mind two options:

1. Buy organic food for the family. Organic foods are available in selected markets and areas grown by local farmers but as we all know and observe, organic food is no cheap enterprise. They come in expensive proportions.

2. Plant them yourself. By doing so, great is the possibility for you to save and to customize your garden with all your needs. However, planting by yourself requires soil preparation, expensive irrigating system, weed and insects/pests control to name a few. You may even need to water them from time to time. Failure to do so may waste your effort, your dream and your pockets.

Yes! Planting them is great but there exists a better way to plant your favorite herbs, vegetables and fruits. It is by way of the Aquaponics System that you can actually do by yourself inside your greenhouse.

Click here for an overview of the DIY Aquaponics.

Oct 17

Woodworking with Greenhouse

In building your greenhouse, you may have to consider basic knowledge in woodworking so as to equip your dome with the necessary woodworking for its indispensable structures like the trellis and wooden plant boxes…as well as furniture like:

Wood Plans Woodworking Carpentry Download

1. swings
2. benches
3. bird house
4. wagon
5. playhouse
6. doors
7. beehives
8. bridge projects
9. tables
10. wishing wells
and many more woodworking plans that will make it more of a green dwelling for everyone that you can call a home – for your family and friends.

Check out how clear, detailed and easy their instructions are. Find ease in their amazingly understandable full-colored diagrams like the plan you see below:
Find great advice for your future Woodworking Projects! This module contains all the basics and essentials for your woodwork projects in your greenhouse.

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Oct 16

Solar & Wind Power Handbooks

Solar Power

Solar Electricity Handbook

The conversion of sunlight into electricity generates Solar Power. This is the best innovative way of harnessing the power of the sun. How does Solar Power work? One genius way of harnessing solar power is called concentrating solar power. It works by using mirrors in order to reflect and focus the sun rays thereby providing heat powering a generator system.

More popular is the use of solar panels or photovoltaic panels which we see in the roofs of homes, edifices and even on a large scale land area. Understand more with: Solar Electricity Handbook – 2014 Edition: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy – Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems.

Wind Power

Wind Energy Handbook

Wind Power refers to the conversion of raw power of the wind into a more useful form of energy. Wind turbines are nowadays common and it converts wind energy into electrical energy used to power motors, home and office appliances as well as industrial equipment while windmills are famous for converting wind to mechanical energy.

It is environment-friendly and does not require a lot of land space for operations. Get more information with the Wind Energy Handbook.

For more articles on green energy, go to the green energy page.

Oct 09

My Top 10 Electricity Saving Tips

  1. Wash Clothes in Bulk. Washing clothes in your washing machine in small number is a lot like washing in bulk in terms of electrical consumption. However, washing in small batches would mean repeating the whole process for the minimum laundry output thereby increasing your consumption several times. So, save not only your electrical consumption/bill but also a lot of cash for your water, soap and fabric conditioner as well as a lot of time and effort which can be spent for quality time with oneself, others and service to fellowmen. Speaking of clothes, wash on sunny days and make the most of the sunlight to dry clothes so as to abstain from using your spin dryer.
  2. Wise ironing or pressing. To save energy, do ironing only on clothes that require it like the ordinary clothes that you wear at home/yard. It is also practical and helpful to iron clothes during the day in a well-ventilated place so as not to use extra lights and extra fans for cooling your room. Towards the end of your ironing session, turn off and unplug the flatiron and press smaller linens like handkerchief, table napkins and the like to maximize the use of the remaining heat.
  3. Use alternative sources of energy. Electricity can be so costly nowadays. Actually in my own experience, it practically eats up one to two-fifths of my monthly income as a private employee. Oftentimes, the electric bill does not only cause a pain in the pocket but most especially a pain in the head knowing that inability to pay can cause your disconnection at any moment after the bill was delivered to your home. An alternative source of energy for your home is the best solution. Actually, anyone can make a homemade power plant for efficient and energy-saving means. Certainly though, the alternative sources are quite expensive, it is worth the investment in the long, long run. Imagine a rent-to-own homemade power plant, after a year or so, you do not only provide power for your home but generate income as well.
  4. Turn off and unplug appliances/devices when not in use. With the advent of remote controlled devices, we tend to turn our appliances/devices into standby mode when not in use. Though convenient, the downside of this lies in the vampire consumption of energy – a term used for the small amount of power consumed by unplugged appliances/devices. It would be best then, not just for saving energy but also for safety, that we unplug them when not in use.
  5. Use hand-powered kitchen tools whenever possible. Kitchen tools nowadays and tools in general are most convenient when they come as electric-powered. If you wish to save energy, try using hand-powered tools to help you in your project. This will make your activity more fun and participative when you invite your beloved/housemates/significant others to join you use these tools.
  6. Replace old appliances. When you find some appliances with the least expected output, probably it’s high time for you to change it. Change or replace them with the energy saving and power-saving ones so that you will not have to spend a lot of electricity to appliances that do not give you the best results.
  7. Use LED. Light Emitting Diodes lamps are becoming so popular today and indeed it should be. Despite the fact that LED lamps consume lesser energy, it also last longer eliminating the need to purchase one bulb after another. The good thing with LED’s is that they do not need to warm-up in order to reach the desired luminosity to illumine a room. Since it does not give off so much heat, it reduces cooling expenses. Again, LED’s, just like the alternative sources of energy (homemade power plant), are costly depending on the kind and quality. Well, if you know that it lives up to 50 times an incandescent lamps and 3-5 times longer than fluorescent lamps, you will never think twice of purchasing one.
  8. Use a Solar Oven or Solar Cooker. Instead of using electric stove for cooking food or heating water, try using Solar Oven or Solar Cooker. It uses the rich energy from the sun to arrive at its purpose. Just take note of some facts before owning one. Use this especially when the sun is great in your area. Food preparation and cooking may take longer time.
  9. Adjust thermostat on cold days. As of this writing, the cold days are past approaching. It is best to monitor the level of temperature from the outside so as to adjust the air-conditioner’s thermostat to lower level. Air-conditioners need not to exert so much effort and consume more energy these days. Adjusting thermostat means adjusting your energy consumption as well.
  10. Clean cooling appliances/devices. Dirt and dust affect the efficient cooling services of electric fans and air-conditioners. When they are free from dirt and dust, they consume lesser energy to cool down our room temperature. Dirty and dusty ones sometimes even contribute to the humidity inside a room.

Save Electricity! Save Cash! Save Time! Save Effort! Save Mother Earth!

Sep 21

Welcome to howtobuildbiodomegreenhouse.com!

Biodome Greenhouse

Welcome to howtobuildbiodomegreenhouse.com – a website dedicated to increase awareness and practice of green living ways by way of greenhouse, green energy, aquaponics, vermiculture, gardening and woodworking. In this way, the site promotes healthy living and the joy of simple and self-sufficient living.

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