Use a free DIY greenhouse plan to easily build a garden greenhouse which enables you to grow all year round, beautiful flowers, vegetables, and medicinal herbs all from your own house. Greenhouses offer year-round plants and seeds with constant heat in the summer and cooling in the winter, allowing you to participate fully in your favorite outdoor hobby all year long. Whether you enjoy planting vegetables or flowers in your greenhouse, the ability to control the temperature inside your greenhouse will give you endless family fun while providing healthy nutritious foods for all. In addition, you’ll find it easy to harvest your produce, keeping your produce fresh and delicious all season long!
There are many types of greenhouse structures that are readily available online or in some home improvement stores. There are square, rectangular, circular, slanted, polygonal, window and custom greenhouses. You can even purchase kits that have detailed instructions and step-by-step building directions. However, not all greenhouses fit into square or rectangular shapes because their width and length vary. For example, a square greenhouse is most commonly used in urban environments but if your greenhouse is too long it will require extra space.
The best shape for a greenhouse is a triangular, A-frame or teardrop A-frame design. These types of building shapes have three sides that are equal to its height and there are two windows facing each other in the middle of the three-sided structure. This type of design allows the most amount of sunlight into the greenhouse without overcasting the windows. If your greenhouse is too small for an A-frame design, consider using windows with mirrored glass or frosted glass for larger windows and doors.
Before beginning installation of your new greenhouse, you must measure and prepare your frame. Make sure that your frame is square unless you plan on using plastic panels to support your frame. With your measurements and the size of your frame, cut plywood and place it on the frame. Do this for all sides of the greenhouse so that the pieces will be equally supported. Once all of your plywood has been cut, peel and stick it to the frame to form a sturdy framework.
Next, you will need to cut holes in the ground to position your garden soil, gravel, and pots. However, do not drill the hole for the soil deeper than one inch. You will be able to anchor your gravel to the bottom of your greenhouse with garden pebbles. Your greenhouse plans should indicate the amount of garden soil to use.
Your final step is to prepare the pallets and other accessories for your DIY greenhouse. If your greenhouse is too small to hold plants of a particular size, consider purchasing a few small plant pots that are the same or slightly smaller than your greenhouse’s potential size. Place these pots inside the hole you made in the ground and fill with dirt and potting soil. This will allow you to stack pots without fear of losing any of their plant nutrients. To ensure optimal moisture, consider using perforated water tanks or a drip system to let excess drip out so that your plants’ roots can get a good amount of water and oxygen.
One of the simplest methods of constructing and designing a DIY greenhouse is to utilize wooden panels and PVC windows. In this design, you will only need one support rod to hang one panel from. Another great addition is a clear acrylic diffuser with a built-in glass diffuser hood. A straw bale cold frame or wooden window frame can be constructed by cutting dowels to fit your window’s dimensions.
There are a number of DIY wooden frames available on the market today. Wooden frames come in many designs. These wooden frames usually include slats for ventilation while providing protection from harsh elements outside. The main disadvantage of using wooden frames for a garden greenhouse is that they are not energy efficient. For an energy efficient greenhouse, you may use treated cedar, redwood, cypress, or pinewood. Wood windows and straw bale cold frames are another option to consider.