Who says your gardening season has to end at the first frost? When you build your own greenhouse, you can grow your favorite fruits, vegetables, and herbs year round, even during times of the year when it is impossible to plant and grow a garden without a DIY greenhouse.
Building your own greenhouse does not have to take a lot of time, money, or effort. You also do not need to be a skilled handyman to create a greenhouse that will give you months and years of use. Create your own unique and well-serving greenhouse by trying out any of these ideas for DIY greenhouses today.
1. Mini DIY Greenhouse
What better way to recycle your old two-liter soda bottles than by converting them into mini greenhouses? This simple greenhouse project only calls for two items to complete: a clean two-liter soda bottle and a high-quality box knife.
Wash and dry the bottle thoroughly before cutting and removing off a one-inch portion of the bottom. Then place the cut two-liter bottle over young sprouts and plants that you have growing outside in your garden or over potted indoor plants. Make sure the bottle’s lid is removed before you place it over the plants. The bottle helps retain condensation and heat while allowing in fresh air.
2. DIY Cedar Branch Hoop Greenhouse
You may have one of the most important pieces of building a greenhouse in your own backyard. Cedar branches are renowned for being pliable and easy to bend. They make great frames for a DIY greenhouse that you can quickly and easily build in your yard if you follow this tutorial.
Make sure, however, that the cedar branches are at least five to six feet in length and that they are at least an inch thick. Along with freshly cut cedar branches, you also need supplies like:
- a hatchet
- plastic sheeting
- one or two inch split lumber
- fresh garden soil
- a raised garden frame
- twine or rope
Make sure that the branches are planted firmly in the soil and that the frame is tied securely to avoid collapsing.
3. DIY Fencing Hoop Greenhouse
Arched hoop greenhouses are ideal for covering crawler plants like tomatoes, watermelons, beans, peas, and others. These hoop houses allow for ample growing space while providing the warmth, moisture, and sunlight that these kinds of plants need to grow.
Create your own DIY fencing hoop greenhouse with supplies like:
Make sure the arched fencing or trellis that you choose can stand up to winds, rain, and other elements. Also make sure you tie down the plastic sheeting so that it does not blow away during windy weather.
4. DIY Pallet Greenhouse
Empty pallets have a variety of uses but perhaps none so handy as their ability to be used to make a DIY greenhouse. Making your own pallet greenhouse is fun and easy. Before you start, however, gather supplies like:
- four sturdy wooden pallets
- plastic sheeting
- curved garden fencing if you want your greenhouse to have a hoop ceiling
Ensure that your pallets are planted firmly in the ground. You may need to use a hoe or trowel to dig a deep enough trench for the pallets. Use the hammer and nails to attach the pallets to make a box. Then add the fencing and plastic to finish the greenhouse.
5. DIY Straw Bale Greenhouse
When you want to make a greenhouse using the barest of essentials, look no further than the straw bale greenhouse idea.
- This project requires that you have enough square straw bales on hand to create a sort of raised garden area.
- Place your potted plants inside the bales and then tuck or tie down your plastic sheeting.
This greenhouse idea is very simple to make. However, it does require a bit of forethought to how you want to attach the sheeting to the bales.
- You can use zip ties to attach the sheet to the rope or metal holding the bales together.
- You can weight down the sheet with bricks or cinder blocks around the straw bales. If you prefer, you can forego the plastic sheeting in favor of an old glass door or window to span the bales and provide shelter and warmth for your plants.
6. DIY CD Case Greenhouse
CDs have gone out of style, but that does not mean that your old CD cases have to go to waste. When you have dozens of old CDs taking up space in your closets, put the cases to good use by making them into a fun and whimsical yet entirely practical CD greenhouse.
Stack and glue the cases together into a four-sided box that stands about two feet high. Use more CD cases to make the top of the greenhouse. You can also glue your cases into a dollhouse shape, leaving the bottom open so that it can cover plants comfortably. Once finished, place your CD greenhouse over your outdoor garden plants to give them plenty of shelter, warmth, and sunshine.
7. Retractable DIY Greenhouse
When you want the convenience of checking on, watering, or weeding your plants without pulling away cumbersome plastic sheeting, you may want to try this DIY retractable greenhouse idea. This project calls for supplies like:
You can place this retractable greenhouse over raised garden beds or in-ground gardens. It is important that you use the highest quality of plastic sheeting to ensure that it does not tear when you pull it back, however.
Growing your own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other plants brings a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that you may not get from other hobbies. When you want to grow plants year round or you want to give your seasonal plants the best start possible, you can provide them with ample warmth, moisture, and sunshine by building a do-it-yourself greenhouse. Try these fun and easy greenhouses or tell us about your own do-it-yourself greenhouse ideas today!