Paperback: 118 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 6, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
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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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