I am a big fan of homesteading (hence the website) but an even bigger fan of homesteading on a budget. I love function while also making things look as appealing as possible. A greenhouse is something every homesteader should strive for, but good ones aren’t cheap and don’t always fit into the budget. What if you could build your own and not break the bank doing it. Well check out these great DIY greenhouse projects.
PVC Pipe Frame
This is a inexpensive and easy way to put up a greenhouse. One of the negatives would be it’s durability, because of it’s light weight and slightly flexible frame strong winds could be your enemy. I have been in a couple of these and I will say they’re probably stronger than you think so it’s definitely a viable option for someone looking for a cheap greenhouse especially if you’re in a suburban or urban setting with a lot of structures around to help block strong winds.
What a great way to repurpose something that will probably just end up in a landfill. This is great option if you need a smaller greenhouse especially, but it’s not limited in size. You can sometimes just attach the frames of the items used together or you can use lumber to build a heavier frame and attach the windows to that. If you want to cover a small raised bed you can do something as simple as stack straw bales around the bed and lay the windows across them.
Another great repurpose of old items you can get really cheap and sometimes free. Just cut the frame of the trampoline in half and attach a pipe to the legs at whatever length you want your greenhouse to be, frame in a door, wrap in plastic and you have a nice usable greenhouse. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
This one looks like it could be a little labor intensive but what a great way to reuse your old plastic bottles. Rather than try to explain the process of building a greenhouse like this I figured it would be better to refer you to a page that explains how to do it. The simplest instructions I found were at: http://www.reapscotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Plastic_Bottle_Greenhouse_Instructions_2004.pdf. On this page you will see a greenhouse like this one being built by children, so outstanding homesteaders like yourselves should be able to pull it off….if you can find a bunch of kids to help that is.
Stock Fence and 2×4’s
This one is my favorite. I seen one of these for the first time just a few days ago when having a discussion on Facebook with some other homesteaders, someone told me about it and turned me on to this YouTube video.This looks like a great design for an inexpensive, sturdy, durable greenhouse.
Whatever design you would choose to use for your do-it-yourself greenhouse will be better than having no greenhouse at all and when Spring is just around the corner how nice would it be to get an early start on those seedling and boost the progress of your garden. I hope this post inspires you and below are a few items you can order to help you along in your greenhouse pursuits.