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  1. I got a 20 foot geodesic dome frame that I am working on fixing up this winter. I have been poking around your website to learn what I can. I am looking at a variety of covers for it and Sola Wrap looks good but I am trying to figure out how to attach it without leaking. The previous owners wrapped the plastic around the frame before putting it together so it had to be dismantled to put a new cover on it anyway, so they just got rid of it. I want this to be a long-term greenhouse and am looking for a relatively permanent cover for it and I don’t want to find myself in the same predicament. Do you have a video on how you did the cover? Is it hard to keep the water out? Is there anything you wish you had done differently? Do you heat the greenhouse with anything or is it all passive? I am in Western Washington zone 8b and am hoping to do some citrus and extended growing season. Any info and experience with the dome and sola wrap would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    1. Please look for a response in your email from Bren Haas!
      Hello Brenna,

      First I want to thank you so much for commenting on my website. I work so hard on it and see there are many viewers who stay a while but hardly get comments / feedback. With this in mind I really appreciate that you took the time to comment and share with me your story about your dome frame.

      In order to answer your questions about attaching the plastic to the dome I need to clarify that mine is attached to a wood frame. I doubt the way we put ours together will work with an aluminum or plastic frame. With that in mind, I would love to see what your frame looks like. DO you have a photo or something posted online featuring the dome frame you have? I would love to hear about it. It will help me when trying to share!

      Western Washington zone 8b can be a tricky space to grow in year-round mostly because of the rain and lack of sun – if my memory is correct. However, I do recommend growing in a controlled space like the domes in your region.

      I recently did a live stream in the dome that answered a few of your questions. The blog post with images and video are on my site at: https://brenhaas.com/7-year-dome-greenhouse-january/

      Stay Tuned – I will add more content and videos answering your questions to the best of my ability.

      Happy New Year – I hope to stay in touch with you!

      Bren Haas

  2. I also am interested in using Solawrap on a geodesic dome greenhouse that I am building out of wood. I would love to know how you installed the Solawrap on your wood frame. Could you please pass along that information. It would be greatly appreciated.
    Doug

    1. The solawrap is intended for hoop house structures. You will have to cut into the sheet of bubbles which will cancel the warranty on the product if you purchase it. Happy to Help ya!

  3. Hi Bren,
    I bought 4 white pillar rose of sharon at Lowes in the summer of 2021. The clerk told me they were sterile and non invasive.
    ( I avoid invasive plants) so I planted them in beds with evergreens, roses, clematis and potted annuals. They are beautiful and perfect for my garden. However this season I
    have their seedlings popping up everywhere.
    Can you tell me if these white pillars are truly sterile and /or
    non invasive. I’d hate to have to dig them out but if they start to spread I will have to.
    Thank you for any tips you can share

    1. Thank you for stopping by my website John. Please note that not all rose of sharon are pillar variety. Here is my documentation on growing the Pillar Rose Of Sharon. https://brenhaas.com/purple-pillar-rose-of-sharon/ My 6 year old plant is a Proven Winner Shrub and has not dropped any seeds. I do believe it is a sterile seed because my older varieties that are NOT Proven Winners have dropped seeds in the landscape. My personal experience is go with the Proven Winner: https://www.provenwinners.com/plants/hibiscus/purple-pillar-rose-sharon-hibiscus-syriacus

      Check your tags and if they are by Proven Winners you can get a hold of the grower at their website and see what they can do for you. Chances are they tagged these Pillar but they are not the White Pillar® Hibiscus syriacus ‘Gandini van Aart’ USPP 28,892, Can 6,179

  4. How many years did it take your vanilla strawberry hydrangeas to create strong branches? I know they will flop early on but curious how many years did yours take.

  5. Hello Ms Bren,

    I just happened on your YouTube channel when looking for pruning vanilla strawberry hydrangeas. Thank you for that info from the new to gardening with a focus primarily on edibles. We are at the sprout stage of development at this point.
    But what I did find most interesting was your geodome greenhouse. I have wanted to buy/build a greenhouse down in my neck of the woods of Ohio in Greene County. Do you have plans and a supply list somewhere on this site or in the youtube channel?

    1. Hey Frank – I do not have the directions featuring how we built the 20 foot geodesic bio dome on my network. It was a basic design that someone I met helped fabricate. Over the past 7 years my husband and I have added so much to the basic structure. Honestly, I am not sure how to put the content out there properly. Maybe a book or video instructions. There are so many unique dome designs on the web that all I can say is ours works for us so maybe it is worth sharing. I need to put a new video up featuring what is growing on in there for the month of July 2023! more: https://brenhaas.com/category/creative-growing/geodesic-bio-dome/

  6. Hi Bren. I planted two pluot trees about 6 years ago. I have only had one good harvest and that was like 4 years ago. Many reasons, weather, etc. My question is this: Can I cut them back and try to rejuvinate them? They have some oozing of amberish goop which is probably a bacterial problem but not on all the branches. They have gotten too big and are unruly at this point.
    Suggestions please
    Thanks,
    Kat

    1. Hey Kathie – thank you for stopping by my website. I have a few pluot tree varieties doing very well in my home orchard this year. I do not remember ever seeing a goop from the tree. My husband does a regular treatment of fruit spray on most all our fruit trees through the season as directed on the chemical bottle. At this point in the season, we are only a week from harvest, so it is not advisable to treat trees. AS FAR AS PRUNING – I would totally prune those old branches back. You can shape the tree after harvest but recommended to do in early spring when the tree is dormant. We usually start the fruit spray treatments at this time as well. I hope this helps! In the weeks to come I will post on my blog about the new varieties we have been growing and the harvest as it arrives. Happy Gardening! Bren

  7. You mentioned in one of your videos that you live in NW Ohio. I grew up in Henry County and now live in coastal South Carolina. Sorry if this is inappropriate. I was just curious.

    1. Hey David.. that is awesome! I recently had pizza at a cute little stop across from the court house. Beautiful court house in Napoleon, Ohio that was built in 1880. Henry County Court House

  8. Have you ever had to replace the cover on your greenhouse? I have the frame and I’m looking for tips to replace the plastic or glazing on it.

    1. Hey! We have a greenhouse plastic cover my husband used to replace one panel a year ago. WE need to ‘tweek’ some issues we had with applying and then I can show you on my website how we did it. STAY TUNED!!!! If you end up wanting to sell your frame PLEASE let me know. I would love to make my 10×12 longer!

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