Simple Greenhouse Plans

25 Dec

If you want to grow your own vegetables and to adopt a healthy lifestyle, you should consider building a small greenhouse. From the very beginning, we must say that you need a few things if you want to have fresh vegetables all year, from spring to winter. First of all, you need a small wooden greenhouse, as it will be large enough to plant a large variety of vegetables and to let them develop properly. Nevertheless, you also need covered raised garden beds, which can be placed inside the greenhouse or outside, according to your needs. The covered planter will be extremely handy, when growing lettuce or other weather-resistant plants, during the cold days.

Building a simple greenhouse

Greenhouse plansA simple greenhouse doesn’t require a lot of work nor a significant investment, as you can get the job done with spare materials, such as 2×4 lumber. Nevertheless  make sure the slats are in a good condition, otherwise it will not resist to the humidity inside the construction. Basically, you need to build two side panels for the side walls, as if you would build a shed. Secure the studs to a bottom and a top plate, using 3” wood screws. If you want to get a professional result, we recommend you to drill pilot holes. Choose the basic greenhouse plans, if you want to get the job done by yourself.

Check if the corners are right-angled, before installing the frames into place. Secure them into place temporarily, before attaching the 2×4 rafters. From our experience, a greenhouse with a gable roof looks good, is easy to build and drains the water or snow properly. Cut one end of the rafters at 30 degrees and the other one at 60 degrees, using a good miter saw. Plumb the trusses on a level surface and secure them into place with 3 1/2” wood screws.

Build a small frame out of 2×2 lumber for the door and secure it into place with hinges. Cover the structure with polyethylene film and start growing vegetables.

Building a small raised bed

Raised bed componentsIf you are a beginner when it comes to gardening  you should definitely consider building a raised garden bed. From our experience, a properly built garden bed would save you from a lot of work and supply your family with fresh and tasty vegetables. In addition, if you install PVC arches and cover the structure with film, you can even increase the temperature with several degrees. In thus manner, you will be able to grow vegetables during the whole year.

Make sure you use proper lumber, such as cedar or redwood boards, as they are weather resistant. In addition, we strongly recommend you to install landscaping fabric on the inside of the planter, if you want to keep the weeds away. Install nice trims on top of the frame, to enhance the look of the garden raised bed and to get a nice place to sit when taking care of your vegetables.

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3 Responses to “Simple Greenhouse Plans”

  1. Lynn Howell January 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    I’ve been thinking about building a small greenhouse for quite some time now. I’m always bummed when fall arrives and the last of my wonderful veggies are picked for the season. It would be awesome to be able to have fresh veggies all year round! You make this look relatively easy. I’d like to give it a try. Thank you for these great tips!

    • Admin January 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      Good luck with your project! Let’s us know if you need more information. In addition, take a look over the links to see more plans.

  2. Lynn Howell January 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    By the way, I live in eastern Pennsylvania, USA. We experience all four seasons here.

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