Low-Cost, Multipurpose, DIY Greenhouses

With an assortment of recycled materials, you can create an affordable DIY greenhouse and enjoy fresh food all year long!


| October/November 2009



diy greenhouse - storm door greenhouse

You can make a DIY greenhouse from any suitable recycled window glass. This one uses storm doors.


PHOTO: NEVIN HAWLMAN

On a blustery winter day, what could be better than spending time picking fresh greens in a warm greenhouse?

Greenhouses can be used for more than starting seedlings. With the right design and proper management, your greenhouse can easily produce food year-round. (See Expert Advice for Greenhouse Growing.)

And a “greenhouse” can easily serve multiple purposes. If you want your greenhouse to double as a workshop or studio, include large roof overhangs on the south side to shade the windows in summer (or cover glass areas with heavy shade cloth).

Need a guesthouse from time to time? Make your building taller and install a sleeping loft. (See Build a Greenhouse: The Amazing, Low-cost, Multipurpose, Solar-heated Greenhouse/Guesthouse.)

The key to making a DIY greenhouse affordable is working with recycled windows and/or glass doors. Thousands of these items are thrown away each year as homeowners remodel. Locate your glass first, then design your greenhouse frame around it. Most communities have a few salvage yards that handle windows, or you can call companies that install new windows. They’re likely to have a supply of cheap — or even free — windows.

To find salvaged materials in your area, check auctions, garage sales, freecycle.org, craigslist.com or a Habitat ReStore.

mikemills82
3/13/2016 12:42:28 AM

I used the plans on WWW.EASYGREENHOUSE.INFO and built my own greenhouse VERY cheap and easily! It was the best decision I've ever made. To my family and I, it just made economic sense to build a DIY greenhouse. We spent a fraction of the cost of buying an expensive pre-built one that just have to be assembled anyway...why pay inflated prices for material? The guide on that website is so very easy to follow and it doesn't matter if you're a total beginner like us. We were on a very small budget and found so many wonderful plans for our greenhouse...it was hard to pick just one, but the one we chose is terrific! We actually built the one that is featured on the website's homepage. I love growing fruits and vegetables for my family all year round! There's no such thing as out of season for us anymore! I finally have the greenhouse of my dreams and it was VERY affordable!


mikemills82
3/13/2016 12:41:56 AM

I used the plans on WWW.EASYGREENHOUSE.INFO and built my own greenhouse VERY cheap and easily! It was the best decision I've ever made. To my family and I, it just made economic sense to build a DIY greenhouse. We spent a fraction of the cost of buying an expensive pre-built one that just have to be assembled anyway...why pay inflated prices for material? The guide on that website is so very easy to follow and it doesn't matter if you're a total beginner like us. We were on a very small budget and found so many wonderful plans for our greenhouse...it was hard to pick just one, but the one we chose is terrific! We actually built the one that is featured on the website's homepage. I love growing fruits and vegetables for my family all year round! There's no such thing as out of season for us anymore! I finally have the greenhouse of my dreams and it was VERY affordable!


mikemills82
3/13/2016 12:30:43 AM

I used the plans on WWW.EASYGREENHOUSE.INFO and built my own greenhouse VERY cheap and easily! It was the best decision I've ever made. To my family and I, it just made economic sense to build a DIY greenhouse. We spent a fraction of the cost of buying an expensive pre-built one that just have to be assembled anyway...why pay inflated prices for material? The guide on that website is so very easy to follow and it doesn't matter if you're a total beginner like us. We were on a very small budget and found so many wonderful plans for our greenhouse...it was hard to pick just one, but the one we chose is terrific! We actually built the one that is featured on the website's homepage. I love growing fruits and vegetables for my family all year round! There's no such thing as out of season for us anymore! I finally have the greenhouse of my dreams and it was VERY affordable!


pennylynn
2/25/2016 2:37:37 PM

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jennifer
12/3/2014 2:34:40 PM

I built something like this last year and then planted my different varieties of crops. I am not a seasonal farmer more of a hobbyist but I have been using SumaGreen Ag on my plants. SumaGreen (www.SumaGreen.com)helps produce great looking and wonderful tasting crops. Cheap and easy to use since it is not a chemical and very easy to use use liquid that you mix with water. I only use the SumaGreen on my plants. Thank you for the great article and anyone who is up for the challenge it is awesome to pick your own tomatoes in the winter here in PA.


amanda
1/28/2014 9:37:39 AM

Beautiful!


tallenpei
9/6/2013 7:46:33 AM

We just built a greenhouse using stawbales...plus the corrugated clear plastic roofing, working great. http://simplifyandsave.weebly.com/1/post/2013/08/straw-bale-greenhouse.html Tracey Allen Author of Building a Passive Solar House: My Experience Shared The Sustainable Table: Take Back Your Plate Easy Gluten-free Lunches and Snacks: Simple Cookbook


lynn snyder
1/25/2012 7:05:22 PM

I've heard that more light comes through if you get glass with a low iron content. Anyone know how to tell that? Also, I'm lucky enough to live near a Habitat ReStore which has lots of inexpensive windows, but a lot of them are low E which I assume would not be good for greenhouses. Am I being too picky?






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