Make a Greenhouse from an Unused Dog Kennel

| 6/27/2016 7:55:00 AM

Tags: greenhouses, do it yourself projects, garden planning, Washington, Mary Ann Reese,

Greenhouse front with shade cloth

We no longer used our 6-foot-by-10-foot dog kennel and it looked like a sturdy frame for a greenhouse. After not seeing too much online about making a greenhouse from an unused dog kennel, we decided to take it one step at a time, and of course take pictures as we did in order to share the process with others.

We always see unused dog kennels in yards as we drive here or there, so we know others might like to know they can put it to good use. One of our goals was to keep the cost of this project down by re-purposing materials we already had around.

Leveling ground for greenhouse

First, we moved the dog kennel around in the yard to picture where the best location would be. Lots of sun, access to water, away from any parking strip, and within view of where we could see it for enjoyment. Once we located the best position for our greenhouse, we drew up a plan and made a materials checklist.

Greenhouse Materials List

Unused dog kennel
Several one inch pipe clamps
Several treated 2-by-4 boards
Hog wire panels
Nylon zip ties
Tubular foam pipe insulation
Weed barrier
Landscape staples
UV-treated, reinforced polyethylene sheeting
1-by-2 wood strips
Screws and washers
Spring clamps
Planter hooks with machine bolts and nuts (optional)
Tables, shade cloth, and irrigation (optional)

8/21/2016 6:44:03 AM

Mary Ann, Thank you so much for posting this! It could not have come at a better time as we have a 9'X 9' dog kennel that we previously used as a chicken yard but now want to redeploy since we upgraded our chicken coop and yard and no longer need it for that purpose. I have wanted a greenhouse for a long time so it was easy to convince the hubby that we could keep costs down by reusing the kennel. We have the unit in place and secured with scrap 2X6 boards at the base and used the hog wire panels for the arched roof. I am wondering if you can recommend to us a supplier for the UV poly sheeting? I am guessing it is best to have one full piece to cover as you did versus using multiple pieces? Thanks again for this post - an incredible idea that allowed us to reuse many things we already had on hand.

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