Make an Easy, Inexpensive Mini-Greenhouse With Low Tunnels

Learn how to make an easy, affordable mini-greenhouse using row covers and low tunnels for season extension and natural pest control.

make a mini greenhouse out of old fences and plastic
This portable greenhouse, made from 1-inch electrical conduit pipe, was inspired by the forthcoming book, “The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook,” written by our favorite “dirtly duo” Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman.  
Illustration By Elayne Sears
low tunnels will protect your plants
Use plastic over a wire-fencing arch to protect spring crops from frost. When the weather warms, remove the plastic and allow the arch to double as a trellis.   
Illustration By Elayne Sears
slip hoops over rebar stakes to secure low tunnels
Support garden tunnels by slipping the hoops over sturdy rebar stakes. 
Illustration By Elayne Sears
slip low tunnel hoops into sleeves made from rigid metal
Garden hoops are more likely to stay erect if they are slipped into sleeves made from rigid metal or PVC pipe.
Illustration By Elayne Sears
attach hoops to the outside of framed beds for extra support
Provide extra support for your mini-greenhouse by attaching the hoops to the outside of framed beds with metal brackets.
Illustration By Elayne Sears
wire-fence low tunnels can be secured by metal pins
Low tunnels made using fence-wire arches will be more secure if staked down with U-shaped metal pins. 
Illustration By Elayne Sears

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