11 Awesome Greenhouse Ideas for Spring
Ah, spring! If you’re getting excited about planting season, here are 11 awesome greenhouse ideas to suit every backyard and budget.
If you don’t have space for a walk-in greenhouse, this mini greenhouse is the perfect alternative. It is made from cedar boards and a repurposed window to save time and effort in construction. The hinged lid is perfect for providing ventilation and acclimating your seedlings before planting in the garden. You can make this greenhouse in a couple of hours using basic power tools. And check out our guide to how to start seeds indoors. This would also be the perfect size for a deck greenhouse.
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This space-saving fold-down greenhouse is ideal for small backyards. This backyard greenhouse DIY attaches to a wall and folds down like an awning, so you can leave it up in warm weather and lower it to protect tender plants when frost is forecast. Made from PVC pipe and plastic sheeting it’s also lightweight, easy to adjust and it can be built in an afternoon – less if you have the PVC piping pre-cut at the hardware store or home center. And you can even make PVC patio furniture to match!
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How about a miniature greenhouse that folds away when it’s not needed? This cleverest of greenhouse ideas can be placed anywhere in your yard that’s sunny, protected and flat. Measuring just 4 feet x 4 feet, and with windows made from plastic film, this collapsible greenhouse is lightweight and portable. And, it sits on its own pressure-treated wood platform. – take a look at our guide to building a deck. You can build this greenhouse in a weekend for less than $300.
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Recycled Frames Greenhouse
If you want to raise your seedlings and help the environment at the same time, how about a backyard greenhouse DIY made from repurposed materials? This smart little greenhouse uses recycled window frames mounted on cinder blocks to make construction quick and easy. And when you’re done, make the greenhouse all your own by adding window boxes, planters and hanging baskets for the finishing touch. Follow this series of blog posts to see how it’s done. And, check out our tips on getting your garden started.
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This lean-to greenhouse has an angled roof, a spacious doorway and plenty of room inside for shelving. Its simple design makes it totally adaptable to the available space. Best of all, you can have it up and ready to use in one day, using only basic tools and a miter saw. And while you have your tools out, why not make yourself a purpose-built potting bench to make tending your plants a pleasure?
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Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
Looking for “green” greenhouse ideas? Give empty plastic bottles a new life as an environmentally friendly greenhouse. These instructions from The Green Optimistic show how it’s done. This innovative of greenhouse idea simply requires a basic wooden frame, some fishing line or bamboo canes to hold the bottles in place, and a LOT of plastic bottles. You can arrange the bottles vertically or horizontally for different textures, and even use different colors of bottles for a stained-glass effect. If you’re planning to raise tomatoes, take a look at these five ways to do it.
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Plastic-Paneled Barn Greenhouse
Still, on the theme of plastic greenhouse ideas, this paneled barn greenhouse at The Elliott Homestead is a sturdy structure, built to withstand whatever the weather throws at it. Based on an original plan by Ana White, the Elliotts have adjusted the dimensions to make the most of their available space. This barn greenhouse is set on concrete blocks, with a wooden frame and plastic windows (although greenhouse plastic or film would make an affordable alternative). A recycled door completes the project.
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Maybe you don’t have a yard, but rather a small patio or balcony. With a clear plastic umbrella, you can create a mini greenhouse in minutes. This idea would also work for a deck greenhouse.
Looking for ways to store more in your small space? Check out these 15 creative tips.
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With a nod to the innovative look of the iconic Eden Project biomes, this futuristic geodome greenhouse is a design with a difference. Start with a wooden frame, made from stained pine or red cedar, and then choose from greenhouse plastic, greenhouse film, shrink film or polycarbonate panels for the windows. You’ll need to include hinges on a few windows for ventilation so the greenhouse doesn’t get too hot when the sun is out. Your neighbors may think aliens have landed, but you’ll have the perfect home for your tender plants. And, see how to use your kitchen waste to boost plant growth.
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Why spend money heating your greenhouse when you can harness the power of the sun? This eco-friendly solar greenhouse uses a variety of recycled materials, including old car tires, and has a solar panel installed on the roof to provide warmth for your precious plants. (Here are some more small-scale solar panel projects for you to try). Constructing this greenhouse is a job for an expert, but the DVD and ebook on Greenhouse of the Future tell you everything you need to know about the project. There’s even an introductory video on their site to explain all the details.
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Stained Glass Greenhouse
OK, so this multi-colored greenhouse is probably more decorative than functional, but why not bring a little splash of the rainbow to your garden with a stained-glass greenhouse? Using a genuine stained-glass technique would be time-consuming and very costly, but fortunately there are ways to cheat! Construct a standard greenhouse frame and then use glass paints to give free rein to your creative talents. Or, to make it even easier, opt for decorative window film or decals to create your very own unique home for plants. Check out our ideas for the best variety of home-grown vegetables to raise in a small space.
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