Today’s post, Greenhouse Design on the Cheap | Make Your Own for Around $200, provides information on obtaining and modifying directions to make an inexpensive greenhouse.
Today we will talk about building a greenhouse on the cheap. By cheap, I mean for around $200.00. The construction materials include pressure treated wood, cattle panels, plastic sheeting, and fastening hardware (screws, galvanized wire, fence post tacks).
I have been asked a few times in the last couple of weeks about greenhouses. The greenhouse designs that I have experience building are already on the web. I see no reason to try and recreate his work as he did a wonderful job and his plans are freely available on the web. So I’m including my pictures and commentary along with a link to his design plans. (He now charges a small fee for the design, but the designs are worth the small fee and you get to support an entrepreneur.)
Greenhouse Design on the Cheap
I have built three green houses (or at least taken part in building three green-houses). The design we used is from a person on the web known as Texas Prepper 2 (link below).
Originally he had a PDF on his web site for free. He is now selling the book on Amazon and his web page. You can purchase the book from Amazon or by paypal form his web page by clicking on the link below:
You can also purchase it from his website at: http://homesteadadvisor.com/greenhouse/
Texas Prepper 2 also includes links in his document to a YouTube video on how to put together the greenhouse. This article will consist of mostly pictures. Please use the link above for the actual directions and parts lists except where I mention that quantities and sizes are different.
The greenhouse in the PDF is about eight foot long and the one we built is about twelve feet long.
The above pictures show the bottom frame being put together. The frame is 7′ wide as in the PDF, but we used 16′ 2x4s for the length of the skid. We did each greenhouse on a flatbed trailer so there was a little less bending and to work on a cleaner surface. The ground at this location is a muddy clay.
Putting the cattle panels on was much easier with three people. One on each side and one person in the center to tack the panel to the frame.
On the outside ends of the cattle panels, cut the very corner as shown near the person hand in the picture above. This will allow the panel to sit properly against the frame.
We used galvanized wire to hold the cattle panels together. I think it might have been electric fence wire cut into pieces that we used. This adds much more stability to the cattle panel by stitching them together. Also take note on your parts list that we used three cattle panels and the original design only used two. The next six pictures below are similar steps to the directions in the PDF referenced above, so no separate commentary.
The ends of the greenhouse on our design were pressure treated plywood. This added much more stability to the greenhouse, a useful feature on a mountain side, windy farm where these greenhouses are. However, this adds a lot more weight and makes the greenhouses much less portable.
We ran out of time when I was at the farm and did not get around to putting the plastic sheeting over the greenhouses. This is well documented in the PDF. Just keep in mind that our greenhouses were 50″ longer than the one in the PDF, so you will need more plastic for the covering.
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