As winter approaches many of us are looking at building a cheap greenhouse to extend our growing season and be able to start off the growing process earlier in spring.   There are many alternatives out there to do this from small garden bed covers to full-sized greenhouses that can not only house your gardens, but animals as well.

cheap greenhouse

I have collected a number of video and link resources that will guide you in constructing your own greenhouse.  Many of these have ‘claims’ on how cheap their construction was – some I find realistic.  Some I find misleading.  My strong advice is that you can always reduce the costs of building by reusing materials – many you may be able to source from your local dump/recycle center.

Depending on your winter weather conditions, you will probably need to make adjustment to all or any of these ideas.  For the winters we have in Maine, we will end up with a hybrid version of PVC construction with cattle panels due to the snow loading and high winds.  Our profile will be steeper than what far southern states can use, due to the snow loading again – as snow will more easily fall off a steep sided greenhouse.


PVC Cheap Greenhouse in a day

Cheap Greenhouse using cattle panels

High snow load/strong wind construction


Advice about types of plastic films


Great idea for securing plastic


Complete video series for a cheap greenhouse – PVC frame

This is a very good series of short videos that outline each and every step in the process.    This whole process can be adjusted for your own situation…including adding supports for snow loading etc.

Shopping for materials
Siting and setting rebar supports
PVC frame construction
Building the base frame
Building doors and end walls
Installing the plastic sheeting



Other great resources:

Step-by-step cheap greenhouse 

Greenhouse plastic sheeting – Google

Greenhouse Mega Store – types of covering


I would love to hear from people with great ideas on how to make these greenhouses even better!

Cheap greenhouse – Video and other resource guides

2 thoughts on “Cheap greenhouse – Video and other resource guides

    • September 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Awesome. For us a Walipini (a mostly-below-ground-level greenhouse) is out cause of our high water table….we would end up with a nice swimming pool instead! However, we seriously looked into it thinking it would be a perfect solution. Alas not. Still here is a video:


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