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

  • Hog Panel Greenhouse Frame
    Heavy-duty hog panels can be used to support a greenhouse frame.
    PHOTO: MARY NEWHALL

  • Hog Panel Greenhouse Frame

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 

GrammaJean
4/15/2018 9:30:37 AM

We get big winds that destroy plastic sheeting. So we think sandwich the plastic sheeting between two hog panels.


Mac
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.


Frank
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







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