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Build Your Own Greenhouse

Updated on December 5, 2012

Build Your Own Greenhouse

Grow year round plants, shrubbery, specialty flowers, ornamentals, and so much more. Enjoy gardening all year round. Turn your hobby or your business into a year round experience using Build Your Own Greenhouse Plans.

Building your own greenhouse can be a rewarding experience. Not to mention a cheaper one. Even when you buy a kit you still have to put it together yourself. You are really just paying inflated prices for the materials.

First Step

The first thing you need to do is decide what type of greenhouse you have room for. Build your own greenhouse plans have plans for victorian style, hoop style, lean to, and grow rack greenhouses to choose from.

The Victorian style is large enough for a big yard or farm and could be built small enough for a smaller yard.The gable roof on the Victorian style greenhouse make it more efficient to cool and heat.

The hoop style is very cost effective and could be built for a large yard or farm.

The lean to is built onto the side of an existing building such as your house or garage. Perfect for a smaller yard but adequate room for planting needs.

The grow rack greenhouse is perfect for the smallest yard. The grow rack greenhouse is really nice for starting plants or for growing a few plants where a lot of room is not necessary. Perfect for small hobby gardening.

Build Your Own Greenhouse Plans provide step by step detailed directions for all of these greenhouse styles.

Second Step

You need to pick your location to put your new greenhouse on. The spot you choose should have adequate sunlight, drainage, and easy access. Sun exposure is important to the type of plants you want to grow. Make sure the location is relative to the type of plants you are growing. The area that has been chosen needs to be leveled if it is not already. Build Your Own Greenhouse Plans can help you with this step.

Third Step

Build Your Own Greenhouse Plans

Choose the structure of your greenhouse.

Wood is a common structure for a greenhouse.

PVC pipe is a cheaper and faster method.

Wood provides a more stable and permanent greenhouse. PVC greenhouses should be staked down.

Build Your Own Greenhouse Plans will explain all this so you can make the best decision for you.

Forth Step

You need to choose what you are going to enclose the greenhouse with.

Glass is expensive and needs a stronger structural frame such as wood. Glass is attractive,very transparent, and formal for permanent greenhouses.

Fiberglass reinforced panels are cheaper than glass reducing cost. Fiberglass reinforced panels last about 5 years and do not need a strong structural support so PVC can be used for the structure. This is just as transparent as glass if not better because you do not need as much structure as you do with glass. It is also flexible enough to be used with the hoop style greenhouse.
Polyethylene film is much cheaper. Polyethylene film is good for homemade greenhouses because it does not require a strong structural frame dramatically reducing costs. You can use PVC for the structure when using polyethylene film. It lasts about 2 years on average.

Let Build Your Own Greenhouse Plans help you with this.

Tools Needed For Construction Of your Greenhouse

Tools you would need to build the structure of your own greenhouse can be easily found in a basic carpentry set. You will need the following:

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Saw
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Cutters
  • Wire
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape

Materials For Your Own Greenhouse

  • wood, galvanized iron, PVC or aluminum for the framing
  • glass, polycarbonates, acrylic sheets, polyethylene film or fiberglass for the enclosure

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    • Hi-Jinks profile image

      Hi-Jinks 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      First thing one needs is a course on green house management.

      Then you can make a knowledgable decision.

      Try a small sash house cheap and easy.