Monday, April 20, 2009

Cheap Greenhouse

Here is a design for a cheap plastic greenhouse that should last many years, though it will require a new cover every year unless you can find some sort of ripstop, UV protected vinyl cover. The plans are a .pdf file that you can download here. The greenhouse uses mostly parts that you can get in any hardware store. If you wish, the referenced website tells how you can order a few special parts.

In previous years, I have used such a greenhouse to grow tomatoes. In our climate, tomatoes often don't ripen and in the fall you have a lot of green tomatoes going to waste. This greenhouse should allow you to get ripe tomatoes earlier in the summer and later into the fall. With our high water table, watering the tomatoes should not be a problem.


  1. Green tomatoes going to waste! Not, wrap them in newspaper, put in a box, (make sure that they don't touch each other) and store til needed. Unwrap, put on counter for a few days. Waalaa, their ready. Sometimes the skin is a bit tough, just peel or roast off.

  2. I used to do that. But here in the Northwest, we get a lot of blossom end rot and it gets worse in stored tomatoes. Good idea though.