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
  • Greenhouse recycled windows
    Brian Koehl built this greenhouse using recycled windows.
    WILLIAM D. ADAMS
  • Inside greenhouse
    Greenhouses can be used year-round for food production, and you can start ornamental plants in them.
    WILLIAM D. ADAMS
  • Greenhouse workshop
    This greenhouse serves as a workshop, too. It was built off-site and moved using a trailer.
    ROBIN ANDERSON
  • Solar greenhouse
    Plastic jugs that have been painted black absorb heat during the day and release it at night.
    MARY LOU SHAW
  • Texas Master Gardeners
    Texas Master Gardeners Brian and Loraine Koehl.
    WILLIAM D. ADAMS

  • diy greenhouse - storm door greenhouse
  • Greenhouse recycled windows
  • Inside greenhouse
  • Greenhouse workshop
  • Solar greenhouse
  • Texas Master Gardeners

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!







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