Use Hog Panels for a Greenhouse Frame

Heavy-duty wire fencing, also known as hog panels, can be arched over an existing garden bed to create a simple, cheap greenhouse frame in a jiffy.

| April/May 2012

We use 16-foot wire hog panels in a lot of different ways on our small farm, but the best application so far has been the greenhouse my husband made with three of the panels. To make a simple, low-cost greenhouse that works well and can be moved easily, arch the panels over raised beds — using T-posts to hold them in place — and then cover the structure with greenhouse plastic.

The 4-inch mesh on the panels gives stability to the plastic, so, unlike hoop houses, our greenhouse cover has never been damaged by a snow load, and this will be our fourth year of using the same plastic cover.

Mary Newhall
Shelton, Washington 

10/29/2014 1:45:08 PM

Frank, "T-posts" are the metal fence posts that have a vague "T" shape if you look at the end of them.

10/25/2014 8:35:12 AM

Hey, Nice green house. Thanks for posting it. Can you show me what you mean by "T-Posts". What did you use to tie the overlapping panels. Ours is going to have to be 14' W X 24' L, and we have to have vents on the top. Will let you know how we manage that. Thanks for your time. Frank @ Sheryl Coalmont, TN

1/11/2014 8:49:14 PM

The feedlot panels 50" x 16 feet are available at tractor supply for $21.99 That means three panels would be about 12 feet long if there is 5 inches of overlap. Mary has pipe insulation on the ends to cover any wires form poking the plastic. Looks like about 6 feet wide and 5 1.2 feet high with two 2x8s on the side. Light duty 3 foot fence posts are about $3, so 10 would come to $30.

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