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How To Make A Wooden Pallet Greenhouse For One Dollar

Updated on March 26, 2014

I Love the Frugal Life

That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

Steve Jobs

Yes I do and I’m proud to write those words. You see, I’m on a quest to become as self-sufficient as I possibly can, and frugal plays a large part in that plan.

Unless absolutely necessary I refuse to buy “new.” I see no point in it. Why pay full-price for a new product when I can either find used for less or make it myself for much less? Oh, I hear the mumblings from here in my writing studio. In fact, I had someone comment once on one of my self-sufficiency articles, saying that if too many people went self-sufficient our economy would collapse. To that I say “bring it on.”

Seriously, we could have fifty million American citizens go self-sufficient tomorrow and the economy would be just fine. The economy will adjust just as it always has for hundreds of years, so don’t let that fear hold you back. What’s the worst thing that could happen if we all went self-sufficient? We might lose a few hundred billionaires, and I’m not sure that would be a bad thing at all.

So I was roaming around my urban garden the other day and I decided that I wanted and yes, needed, a greenhouse. I immediately went online to check out ebay and Craigslist, and quickly logged off when I saw what some people were asking for a simple greenhouse. Ridiculous I said! So that left me with only one choice: build my own greenhouse!

Now because I usually think in terms of large, my first thoughts were to build a greenhouse that I could walk around in, maybe fifteen feet long, five or six feet wide, and at least six feet high. I mentioned that to my wife Bev and she immediately brought me back to reality. Thus, what you are about to learn is how to build a greenhouse that is three feet wide, six feet long and 2 1/2 feet high….for a cost of one dollar.

Are you ready?

Lean the pallets together in a triangle
Lean the pallets together in a triangle | Source

Items You Will Need

This just might be the shortest list of items needed for a DIY project that you will ever read.

  • Four wooden pallets, each measuring 40”x48”
  • Four sheets of plastic, each measuring 40”x48”
  • Some staples or old, short nails
  • One hammer with a claw

Cost of the Project

I already told you but I’ll tell you again…about a buck. The four pallets you can find for free in any city in this country. The plastic will cost about a dollar. The nails I figure you already have in the garage.

I know some of you are thinking of going out and buying a new staple gun; slap yourselves and resist the urge. Find about twenty nails and use whatever you have. We are not trying for fancy; we are trying for cheap and serviceable.

Cut four sheets of plastic
Cut four sheets of plastic | Source
Tack the plastic on to the pallets
Tack the plastic on to the pallets | Source

Let’s Begin

The beauty of this project is that you don’t have to follow the instructions in order. For those of you who are rebels, or are simply incapable of following simple instructions, you have the freedom to skip around and follow in any old order that pleases you.

This, then, is the order that I followed, but it is in no way the only order that will work:

  • Lay the pallets flat on the ground and pry some of the cross-slats off using your hammer. We do this to allow more sunshine to flow through the greenhouse when it is completed. You have the freedom to take as many off as you want….again, for those rebels out there.
  • Turn one pallet over and pry off the top cross-slat. I’ll explain later why we do this.
  • Now take your sheets of plastic and attach them to each pallet using staples or the nails you scrounged up.
  • It is now time to assemble your greenhouse. Take one pallet and stand it on end. Have someone else take another pallet and do the same. Now lean those two pallets towards each other until one is resting on the other to form a triangle. If you remove the top slat like I suggested, one pallet will fit snugly inside of the other.
  • Now do the same thing with the other two pallets, wedging them up against the two that are already leaning.
  • And you are done!
  • One extra step if you are so inclined: nail a piece of lath along the edges to keep the plastic in place should the wind blow hard.

Would You like a Longer Greenhouse?

Well no problem my friends. Go get some more pallets and plastic. You could double the length of your greenhouse with four more pallets and another dollar’s worth of plastic.

Would you like a shorter greenhouse? Can you guess what I’m going to say? Only use two pallets instead of four.

Are you following the logic and simplicity of this design? You can make that damn thing twenty feet long if you have enough pallets and plastic; it is entirely up to you.

The finished product
The finished product | Source

And If That Isn’t Great Enough There Is This Bonus for You

Once summer is over and you want to take your greenhouse down, all you have to do is pull the pallets apart and store them somewhere for the winter. The disassembly of this greenhouse literally takes two minutes tops. No unbolting necessary; no prying of nails necessary. Just pull it apart and set it aside until next year.

But wait I hear someone say…..what if my kid’s baseball hits it and punches a hole through the plastic? Well then put some more plastic on it! Duh! But what if the pallets wear out over time? Well then get some more free pallets! Duh!

This baby is mobile…this baby is functional…this baby is practical…and this baby is cheap!

Need I say more?

For those of you who are saying this greenhouse is too short, that it is difficult to crawl around inside of it, I say this: pull the pallets apart, prop them up with a stake, do the work you need to do, and then re-assemble the greenhouse. Remember, the pallets are not nailed together. This is a fully-functioning greenhouse that requires no engineering degree to assemble or disassemble. It could not be simpler.

If You Are Smart

Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.

Peace Pilgrim

Well, if you are as smart as I suspect that you are, you are hopping in your pickup truck right now and heading out to find some free pallets; grab as many as you can because free pallets are like manna from heaven for a lover of the self-sufficient lifestyle. In earlier articles I have explained how to make patio chairs using pallets. I have explained how to make a chicken coop using pallets. I have explained how to make a patio table using wooden pallets. The possibilities are practically endless for anyone with imagination and willpower.

Stay tuned and next time I’ll teach you how to make a classic ’62 Chevy Impala using wooden pallets….not really, but I wanted to see just how gullible you really are. J

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)



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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I love how you did this and seriously my hat is off to you again for your self-sufficient ways, as well as your gardening prowess, too. Totally sharing this with my dad today and thanks again, Bill. Happy Monday now!

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      I LOVE wood pallet projects. You'll also be so proud of me that I have started my indoor garden and nothing has died yet. Hurray!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      wow! Finally a project that even I can do! This is great, Bill! Thank you! Up+++ and pinning!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. Tell your Dad hello for me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray Mari! Congratulations! Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I look forward to pictures from you when you finish it. :) Thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      A fantastic idea to build a green house with wooden pallets. Great hub, great project.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur; it really is so very simple and fast.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Lemme guess. The '62 Impala runs on chicken poop, right? Ha ha.

      Seriously, this is a great idea. Do you recommend putting plastic on the back end of the triangle as well? Or is it not necessary?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..that was a good one, Sha! Why didn't I think of that?

      No, that's not necessary. One layer of plastic is enough to heat things up and protect against frost.

      Thanks buddy; have a great day!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marvelous. Very refreshing. I have been looking into and researching, quarter acre greenhouses and it gets over whelming. This was a needed break and very cool.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, this is a great hub. It is interesting that what many view as a pile of "junk" just may contain almost all the materials necessary to create something useful.

      Take a walk down the aisles of any big box store and look at all the gadgets for sale that could be made at home for almost nothing. I believe many of the younger generation have been denied the pleasure of searching out materials to accomplish a needed project. Why go to all that work when one can buy something glued and stapled together at the big box store. Of course it will only last one season, but this is now a throw-away world.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Fabulous idea. Simply fabulous!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Great idea! I love the photo of the manicured lawn next to your yard of raised beds.

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      Stephanie Hicks 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Sweet! I tried to talk my husband into a greenhouse last year and you're right - too darned expensive. Love this easy project. Its Spring Break, so I think we ought to get started on this! Have a great week Bill, Steph

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you liked it Eric! I guarantee its success my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, some of my earliest memories are of building "stuff" in the garage. A scrap piece of lumber became a hydroplane...all I needed was imagination and willingness.....two things that seem to be missing in today's world.

      Thanks buddy and enjoy the heck out of your day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene. I have no doubt you will try this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...thanks Lizzy! Manicured be damned. I can't be bothered with no manicured nothing. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good luck Steph. I promise it is as easy as I said it was. Have fun during spring break.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Awesome Bill, just awesome, we ARE doing this. Hey we have cleaned out and set up an area for chickens but I need some helpful hints on buidling a coop and starting our flock. I will be going back and checking out your old hubs for answers. Jamie

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for the $1.00 greenhouse DIY instructions and also the underlying appeal to become self-sufficient. Unemployment is also great prompt for this kind of creativity.

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      Jennifer Kessner 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I love this so much! My brother and future sister-in-law are as self-efficient as they can be and continue to find more things! I'm definitely sharing this with them. =) Great hub, and thanks for the info!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Billy and this one I hand over to Dai ; he is a dab hand at DIY and this will be just the one for him. Thank you again for a great hub and wishing you and all your family (two and four legged) a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Linda Lum 3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      What a neat idea. I'm all for frugal and do-it-yourself (and I wouldn't mind having some home grown produce as well). Only one question--do you think the deer would leave it alone?

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      I really admire creativity. The act of making something out of throwaways is an art form. The video shown some amazing pieces of

      furniture taken to a higher level. My hat is off to those who have talent

      to see, not what is, but what can be.

      You do spark the imagination, Bill!!

      Thanks,

      DJ.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy

      Terrific idea! Next project! Place a pallet down on the ground close to your greenhouse. Line the bottom with plastic and fill it up with some good garden soil. Now you are ready to grow your veg seedlings which you have already nurtured in your greenhouse.

      Try to imagine this vegetable garden Billy! It has the straightest rows you have ever grown in a vegetable garden and it needs almost no weeding. Next place one against a wall, line it and fill it with Herbs for the kitchen. Everyone has to have a herb garden!

      Careful Billy - it won't be long before you are able to live off the smell of an oil rag! It takes one to know one!

      I am seriously impressed.

      Happy Gardening,

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool Jamie! We built our coop out of pallets too...there is a hub about it somewhere...you can email me if you have questions...holland1145@yahoo.com

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, you hit that on the head...unemployment is a great motivator. :) You are very welcome my friend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic Meisjunk; thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy and I want to hear how Dai does with this project...just in time for planting season my friend.

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carb...no! LOL How's that for honesty? You would have to enclose it with some sort of fencing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well DJ, thank you, and Happy Monday to you my friend. I hope you are well and I do appreciate you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, you are too funny. We have done the vertical garden thing already...it never dawned on me to lay it down and grow seedlings. Duh! :) thanks for the idea my friend. I'm definitely doing it.

      bill

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Your ideas fascinate me and always so interesting.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Funny!

      Can't wait to see a photo of the lettuce all planted up in your next Hub on the Frugal man

      Sally

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      This is my kind of hub!!! Great recycle project with little or no cost. It does not get any better than that, especially for it being so useful too. Awesome dear Bill! Thank you for sharing. I am going to be on the hunt for those free pallets for sure. Enjoy your day, Faith Reaper

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      You really did read my mind - I was wondering where I could go around where I live to get pallets! What a great idea! I love it. I think I would plant stuff first, then assemble the triangle over the top of it, but, as you said, that would be a person's choice. You still have to care for it as you go along, so I love the ease of the design. Well done.

      By the way, I would LOVE to be built a '62 Chevy Impala from wooden pallets. Now that would be a project, wouldn't it? lol

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am still looking for those free pallets, Billy and this is a super idea. I do have the frames already filled with all the good stuff to make everything grow great. Sunshine and 70s on the way so it won't be long! ^

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Sally, I'll let you know when it is coming.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, this is literally one of the easiest DIY projects you will do. Good luck with it and thank you as always for sharing lunch with me.

      blessings my dear

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, that would be an article that would go viral. LOL I'll let you know when I figure that one out.

      Thank you Ann and have fun with this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you literally can't drive two blocks in this city without seeing a discarded pallet. I hope you find some soon so you can start planting early. Good luck and thank you.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You would get on so well with my fella! He does things like this so often. 'Need something making? Well, we'll do it like this..... Why spend that much? This is just as good and much cheaper.' You get the picture.

      I never understand why people just spend, spend, spend willy-nilly. It's so much more fun to do it yourself and stand back to admire your own work - and your friends will admire you for it and want the template!

      Great article. Your practicality and philosophy are inspirational.

      Just flaking out now after a very busy and fantastic weekend with our French friends. Think we proved to them that English food isn't as bad as they thought!!

      Happy Monday evening to you, bill! Ann

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very useful project, Bill, and I love its cost! I'll be on the lookout for free pallets in my neighbourhood in the near future.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm so happy to hear that English food isn't that bad. LOL I plan on eating a lot of it when I finally fly across the Pond.

      Rest up young lady and then I expect a new article out of you later this week.

      And tell that fella of yours I respect him greatly. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      For sure, Alicia. How can you beat one dollar? Good luck and thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Only you could do this for a buck. What about the trip to the ER when i nail my thumb to the pallet, or step on a nail i forgot to hammer down? All kidding aside, i like your ideas for using wooden pallets, my son could do this...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you had me laughing out loud with your comment. Okay, that trip to the emergency room might cost more than a dollar. Are you satisfied now? LOL Thank you dear friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      You are quite handy! I bet it is a more fulfilling project if all the materials are free. I need to keep this hub away from my father. He would absolutely do this and get in further trouble with the neighborhood association. They don't like that he grows tall corn and other vegetables, plus apple trees on his property in their hoity toity neighborhood. An executive by day, a farmer at heart.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      This hub shows how simple it can be to make a temporary greenhouse with pallets, but in SA you will not find them, since they are like gold for shack dwellers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fascinating, Nadine, and that is something I have suggested that we do here in the States. We could have the homeless in pallet homes in six months if governments would ever wake up. Thanks for mentioning that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, there is no way I could live anywhere that has a neighborhood association. Not going to happen for this boy; I don't do well with rules. LOL Thanks and good luck to your father.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great job Bill! Should we ever need to build one, I will refer to this hub and good for you for living simply. Life gets a lot easier that way, doesn't it?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It sure does, Liz, and thanks for taking the time to visit me. Have a great week!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent idea for the pallets. They are used over and over hauling one item or another...even they need a resting place, a greenhouse is perfect! I heard they found a pallet in the Indian Ocean while searching for the missing plane. Pallets are world known now, if they weren't already! :)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      A Chevy Impala? Really? LOL! only joking, seriously this is a really great idea! the pallet not the Chevy...If I had a garden then I would definitely do this, in fact I think even I would be able to tackle it without yelling for help, useless at stuff like this usually! Great idea billy!

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hi Bill.

      Admirable ! You've made it so simply as to say , ' if Bill can do it, I can do it too.'- in your words, " anyone with imagination and will power." As this young boy was leaving parents house for lifelong journey , one thing has been already fixed in my mind , namely " all is easy when you just want."

      Voted Awesome , useful and beautiful.

      Good night my friend, stay blessed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hadn't heard that, Linda, and it is pretty amazing. They usually get water soaked and sink after a time.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Nell! I'll take a picture of the Chevy when I finish it. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, your last statement is the truth. If you want it then it can happen. Blessings to you my friend. Sleep well.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is so wonderful!

      Making a Green house with a wooden Pallet is a brilliant idea. As you said, the possibilities are endless, if we let our imagination flow---!

      Thanks for the suggestions and guidance!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Chitrangada....I appreciate you stopping by.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good on you Bill. Pallets are great, you can never have too many. Probably one of the most versatile and useful items for anyone interested in being self-sufficient. A green house is a great idea. We have even used them for a flooring base in a shed instead of concreting a slab. Just fill in all the gaps with more slats or lay ply board etc over them. You can also make a garden shed out of them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes you can, John. Heck, I've seen functional homes made of them. All you need is a hammer and some imagination.

      Thanks my friend!

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I'm always in favor of seeing ideas that allow recycling rather than filling our garbage dumps. And if everybody did it, I doubt it would impede the economy as you had discussed. The economy is well balanced and will always find an equilibrium. I doubt it will get off kilter if more people found ways to recycle.

      With that said, I think this is a really great idea, Bill. Pallets are easy to find. Stores that receive merchandise on pallets pay to dispose of them. I am sure they would be glad to give them away to anyone who will cart them off.

      Besides making a greenhouse, the individual boards could be completely pulled apart, sanded down, and used to build so many different things. Even a full-sized carport! How about a garage for that ’62 Chevy Impala?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glenn, wonderful thoughts this morning. When I have the time I do pull the slats off of pallets and sand them down. What a wonderful supply of lumber for future use....why in the world more people don't use pallets is beyond me.

      Thank you Sir!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Another beneficial project with little cost involved. I can just see the seedlings sprouting under this protected shelter.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Dianna! I'll be planting this coming weekend and thanks to the greenhouse I don't have to worry about the weather.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I love this idea Bill! One could do this as a trellis too. Great gardening hub Bill!

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      Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I wonder what squirrels would think of this greenhouse? You see, my fiancé lives in a neighborhood with the most insane squirrels I've ever seen. They destroy his garden each year. I wonder if this might help? They do seem fearless though. Maybe we will give it a try anyway. ;-) Thanks for the suggestion!

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Wonderful concept. I share your frugal values. Although I don't require a greenhouse with our desert heat, you just gave me a great idea to fend off the packrats and birds from my struggling plants -- the same configuration but with 1/4" hardware cloth instead of plastic. I will repurpose the battered pallets that are now no longer in good enough shape for their original repurpose (putting my hay bales on). This should provide the necessary sun protection for the plants as well!

      Best -- MJ

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      A whole dollar???!! Outrageous!! Bill...I chuckled through your first 3 paragraphs......my attitude exactly. We should spend the big bucks for new...on behalf of our economy?? HUH? Name me something positive the "economy," has done for us in the past decade, in particular. Please, I dare someone.

      Love the Greenhouse, farmer bill. Just this morning I was looking over my yard...which is the pitiful sight of winter's wrath and debris right now, wondering what type of plants and flowers I'm going with this Spring. My friend Pat and I go roaming the woods to dig up wildflowers. Why? They're FREE!

      Have a good day!.............Up++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, it is a bounty of riches having you here today. You are single-handedly keeping my views up. Thank you and happy gardening to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeannie, I suspect the squirrels would tear it apart if they are anything like the squirrels in our neighborhood. Good luck and thanks!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ,. great idea. See what a little imagination can do for a homeowner? Well done my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I love it. Free is free and it is my favorite word in the English dictionary....next to love I guess. Thought I'd add that in case Bev reads this. LOL What has the economy done for us? Nope, can't think of a damn thing.

      Thanks Sis! Good to see you again.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Put them together..they are "free love" and that ain't a bad thing, bro...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Paula! :)

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I like this idea. (I know where pallets are just sitting waiting for a use. Some already are missing slats - less work :) thank you Bill!

      tim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tim. If you have a staple gun they work best for keeping the plastic on.

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      Eugene Brennan 3 years ago from Ireland

      Well done Bill, but it wouldn't be a bad idea though to cover or roll the edges of the plastic around laths to prevent wind pulling it off!

      I agree with your frugal philosophy.

      Frugality = more money saved to spend on other things.

      Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      eugbug, your point is a good one. A lot of staples will do the job, but using lath is an excellent idea as well. Thanks for the suggestion and the following.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Awesome way of staying self-sufficient, Bill! Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks buddy! I appreciate you as always.

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      TIMIR DEB NATH 3 years ago from Chittagong

      Nice.:)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Timir!

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Oh, Bill, I love it, I love it. So practical, so easy. I am about to find all your "Pallet" hubs and send them to my brother. Our family recently acquired a small farmhouse on three acres and there are lots of things we would like to do with little money and lots of creativity and labor. Terrific! Theresa

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, pallets are perfect for the homeowner with little money for projects. I'm amazed more people haven't discovered them yet....but as the economy gets worse I think we will find it harder and harder to find pallets, so get out there and gather them up.

      Thank you dear friend.

      bill

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      Good tip. Maybe I'll try the vertical garden too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jtrader, fantastic news. Glad you enjoyed this. Thank you!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I've been frugal all my life!! I've used wooden pallets around the house for many different projects, but never a greenhouse! Thanks for sharing this!

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Mary! Thanks for stopping by and I love that you have been frugal all your life.

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      Healing Herbalist 3 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Neat idea! I already have a big greenhouse, but this would work well in the gardens. Thanks for the idea.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very easy to make, cloverleaffarm; I'm sure you will like it if you give it a try. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      A great idea to use old pallets to make the greenhouse. It looks so easy to make and doesn't look too bad in the garden either.

      Voted up and shared on Twitter

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How to....it literally took us a half hour, and is currently housing tomato plants. Give it a try, and thanks for the visit.

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      Johnny Parker 3 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      Great idea. In the wet British climate I would have to give them a coat of preservative which would push it up to $2 ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Johnny, very good point. Now you can write an article about making one for less than two dollars. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Michelle Clairday 3 years ago from Arkansas

      Very practical advice. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mommy, you are very welcome. Thank you!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Billy, this one is at the top of my list for creativity and functionality! I checked out the video for all the things people have done with pallets and I'm just in awe.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Crafty...it really is pretty cool, isn't it? I just saw someone who made a wooden kitchen floor using the slats from pallets....and it was beautiful.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      When I grew up, we used to make little greenhouses from bricks or cement blocks and old wooded windows. We also made wooden boxes from nailed together cedar shingles that we could plant seeds in and put in the little greenhouses. Where there is a will, there is a way. Nobody will ever go broke by being more self sufficient. It never hurts to stretch a dollar to have healthier food and flowers. As a matter of fact, you'll live longer. I guarantee it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I'm a big fan of old wooden windows. There is so much you can do with them....of course, I'm a pack rat by nature and I can always find a use for someone else's discards.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Alan 3 years ago from West Georgia

      I am also a lover of pallets and all things free. Pallets offer so many options, although finding free pallets can be a challenge these days. Many larger companies recycle them now, and those that don't are hard to find. I still manage to get my mitts on a few from time to time, and this is going on my list of upcoming projects.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mgeorge, thanks for stopping by. Here in our part of the country, pallets are everywhere, and merchants are quite happy when we take them. It's nice to hear others, like you, have found how useful they are.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      I knew you wrote something about gardening. I just could not find it when I wanted to add your link to my garden anywhere hub. I will right now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Lady. I appreciate that.

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      Peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Looking at the finished project I am inclined to think I need to make 2, One like this for a seed starting green house and a second with a thicker material on it to use as a portable chicken coop (I talked my husband into chickens, Yay).

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Milisa, I think it's cool that you are going to have chickens. I think you'll love the fresh eggs daily. Good luck.

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