Normal greenhouse designs are made of hardwood and glass and can be quite expensive. Here is something you might not know, though – You don’t actually need to a lot of money to own a greenhouse yourself.
DIY greenhouses can be put together quite inexpensively if you make use of recycled common household materials.
Greenhouses come in many forms. There are large upscale buildings that blend beautifully into the decor of your property and small make-shift designs with plastic tubing and siding that do the job in a more practical way.
You can put together mini greenhouses that act as a terrarium to house indoor plants or use cold frames to grow vegetable greens even in the dead of winter.
Difference between a greenhouse and a cold frame
The main difference between a cold frame and a greenhouse is that a cold frame is normally a small, simple structure that is just a few feet tall, whereas a greenhouse is a large structure that one can walk in.
Both are designed to keep the elements from plants and prolong the growing season when the weather turns cold.
Because of their size and construction, cold frames are a more cost friendly option.
These homemade greenhouse ideas make use of recycled materials
By using old windows, reclaimed wood, discarded pallets and soda bottles, these DIY greenhouses and cold frames will help you garden inexpensively all year long.
Don’t let the cold weather stop you from gardening. Try one of these creative ideas to extend your season, even during winter.
Homemade Greenhouse Ideas
Make use of recycled materials in creative and exciting ways with these DIY greenhouses. From mini indoor designs to those suitable for the weather outside, there is a do it yourself greenhouse for all tastes.
You will find plans for full sized greenhouses, mini indoor terrariums and cold frames to house your plants in winter when it's too cold to garden.
Read on to discover how to make a greenhouse from recycled materials.
The kids will love to watch the onions sprouting in this vertical onion greenhouse made out of a soda bottle.
As you can see from these homemade greenhouse ideas, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make your garden grow in the colder months!
Pin these homemade greenhouse ideas for later
Would you like a reminder of these DIY greenhouses, cold frames and terrariums? Just pin this image to one of your gardening boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
Admin note: This post on homemade greenhouse ideas first appeared on the blog in April of 2013. I have updated the post to add new DIY greenhouses, new photos and more information on using recycled materials in greenhouses and cold frames.
Fantastic article. I am in the middle of building a cold frame greenhouse out of used double pane windows and used pressure treated lumber
Friday 19th of February 2021
I've been trying to get my husband to build one of those for years!
Wednesday 22nd of July 2020
I've made many greenhouses over the years, and the last several were made with most of the materials "rescued" from the discard piles at the street curb.
Wednesday 22nd of July 2020
Normally the problem is that monkey grass takes over, rather than it being slow to grow. I can't diagnose problems in a yard without seeing the yard in person, but it could be the clay soil. Some compost added to the soil might help to make it drain better.
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Hi, I’m Carol!
I love to garden and cook (with a few DIY projects thrown in for fun).
I come from a long line of gardeners, and have always loved to experiment with food and recipes.