Build Your Own Greenhouse

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24 Jan 2011

A greenhouse is handy to have in the garden if you like to cultivate and grow your own plants from seeds.

It's also perfect for protecting plants and seedlings from extreme weather conditions.

You can easily build this sturdy, little greenhouse in a day with basic tools and a few supplies from your local hardware store.  

You will need:
Approximately 40m of 25mm x 50mm treated battening
[3] 1.8m lengths of fence paling
Piece of 22mm treated plywood, approx.750mm x 250mm
Clear PVC plastic sheeting
Shade cloth
No More Nails Exterior
40mm galvanised nails
Saw and hammer
Set square and tape measure
19mm galvanised staples or heavy-duty stapler and staples

Two galvanised hanging brackets

Anti-rust spray paint in your choice of colour

Here's how:

1. Measure and cut four 2m lengths and four 1.8m lengths of battening.

Fix at right-angles with wood glue and nails to create four rigid corner posts.


2.Fix [4] 1m lengths of battening at right angles to create each rigid ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ support

Fix to the corner ‘posts’, as shown, to create a side wall frame.

Fix the remaining 1m length 900mm from the bottom edge. Repeat for the second wall.


3. Measure and cut [5] 750mm lengths of battening and use to join side walls together, as shown, fixing at top and bottom with glue and nails.

Cut and fix [2] angled braces along the back wall.



4. Fix [2] angled braces along each of the side walls, as shown.



5. Cut [2] angled pieces of battening to fit across the roof pitch.

Cut an angled piece of plywood to fit across the front panel’s top to
help to keep this panel rigid and square.

Cut supports for the shelves and fix to side panels approximately 400mm apart.



6. Paint the frame with two coats of anti-rust spray paint. Allow each coat to dry.



7. Staple PVC to the frame.

Cut shade cloth to fit the front opening and staple at the top.

Fix a length of battening to the bottom of the shade cloth.

Attach two hanging brackets to hold the rolled shade cloth.

Cut shelving from fence palings.

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