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.
Heavy-duty hog panels can be used to support a greenhouse frame.
PHOTO: MARY NEWHALL
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.
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