How We Built a Greenhouse for Under $200

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Since we live in the North, we need a greenhouse to grow tomatoes, peppers and maybe some squash. Ours is not heated but we get great harvests every year.

Here's how we built our greenhouse for under $200.
  • how we built a greenhouse for under 200
We sited our greenhouse right on last years compost piles.  After getting the levels figured out, we built the outer frame.

A list of lumber material and sizes can be found here on our blog.
  • how we built a greenhouse for under 200
Checking for level, we added a wall of logs on the one side. Next up, the roof panels. These were made in two pieces, and you can see more about that on our website.
  • how we built a greenhouse for under 200
After the roof panels were in place, we stapled poly around the perimeter of the greenhouse. Lots of staples were used so the wind would not catch the plastic and rip it.

I did a little rockwork on the lower part of the front and added a rock flower bed around the one side.
  • how we built a greenhouse for under 200
Here's the result - we made a roll up door with weight at the bottom, so when the door is unrolled, it stays put. We have left the upper portions open so there is natural venting.

It was a two day project and ten years later, it is still standing.  Read more about how to do it here on the blog.


  • how we built a greenhouse for under 200
Scarlet Runner beans growing!

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Wood  (Lumber store)
  • Poly (1 roll)  (Lumber store)
  • Nails and screws  (Lumber store)
Annie

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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