How We Built Our Greenhouse On The Cheap!


I thought you might be interested in seeing how we built our Greenhouse. A Greenhouse is a fantastic addition to any home and it can be built cheaper than you may think.

The picture above is a “temporary” Greenhouse that the Graham made soon after we moved here.

This is what it looked like last year – we had squash, beans and cukes in there.

For our next Greenhouses, Graham said we would reuse the roof panels from the Greenhouse in the picture.




The roof panels are in two pieces…

We decided to build the new Greenhouse right on top of the oldest compost pile. This way it would be easy to rake out, take away the excess, and leave some really awesome soil underneath the plants.

 It’s right next to a pile of Really Good dirt….it’s also right next to the second oldest compost pile….



 First he framed up one wall.



Then another, and another and the basic frame was ready.



Then we finished framing the walls.




We put logs inside where we needed to level out the soil/compost.

Then I started raking out all the compost and adding that good soil from the pile behind the greenhouse.

 Whatever compost wasn’t ready, I chucked it out onto the other compost pile – siting the Greenhouse right here was a lot less work when it came to hauling compost.




 Here you can see the lay of the land we were working with – that middle hump inside the greenhouse is the left over pile of finished compost.

 Over time, I”ll dig all that out and raise those beds inside the greenhouse.




A better picture of the log and compost detail.



Then we started working on putting those roof panels into place. He put a great pitch on the roof and it should be better to withstand all the snow in Winter. 

Later, we put the poly around the sides. We used 6mm Poly but Greenhouse poly is 10mm and it would last longer. We had a roll of 6mm laying around from a building project so we just used that instead. 


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I played around with building rock faces for those front open faces on either side.



And here’s what it looks like from the porch – we’re pretty happy! A fair bit of work, but it will add a LOT to our homestead.

This Greenhouse has enabled us to grow larger harvests of Peppers, Tomatoes and even some Corn. If you live in a Northern climate, you cannot go wrong building a Greenhouse.

Want to learn more about  Building Your Own Greenhouse?  Using basic tools, you save a lot of money building your own, as opposed to buying a new Greenhouse. Build your own for about $300, including electricity – extend your growing season, start your own seeds and grow your own organic food!

Happy Growing to you!


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The Busy Days of Spring

We’ve been outside as much as possible over this last week trying hard to get as much of the garden is as possible.

Tilling the garden

Graham was able to get two of the gardens rototilled, which is great.

Asparagus Bed

This is our Asparagus bed. I don’t cut last year’s fronds down until early Spring. That’s now done and we’ve put down more mulch between the rows, trying to keep some of the weeds at bay.

Our Main Garden

In the top right of the main garden is the garlic I planted late last September. The bottom right of the garden will be planted in cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts.

Hardening off Cabbage

Red Cabbage being hardened off out on the porch before planting in the garden. These plants are ready to go in, but we’d like the rain to stop.

We’ve moved quite a few plants down into the greenhouse from the living room. Finally we are starting to get our sitting area back! It’s always really tempting to get plants into the greenhouse earlier in the spring. But our greenhouse is unheated and it is just too  much of a risk to take. We’ve got too many hours into these plants to take the chance.