If you like to garden then you will want to read on to learn how you can build a DIY Greenhouse for under $100. The step-by-step instructions are provided in the book, Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners, by Chris Gleason. This full color book is your guide to 21 handmade garden structures and backyard farm projects and includes complete instructions for building a greenhouse using recycled windows.
Other projects include a rabbit hutch, building raised beds, bean leaner (great idea), trellises, rainwater harvesting system, compost box, grapevine ladder, tired lettuce rack, potato planter, and lots more. The author makes the projects easy for anyone to build and uses a lot of recycled materials to make building each project affordable. The author offers expert advice for making all of the essential structures needed to sustain small-scale agriculture. More than just a manual, this book introduces you to some “average Joe” farmers who tell you what motivates them to be backyard farmers and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
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This book is a gem of projects and all projects come with full-color instructions as well as suggestions for where to buy supplies. Detailed plans are accompanied by clear-drawings and a materials list.
The 80″ x 60″ greenhouse uses 80% reclaimed or recycled materials including doors, windows, and lumber. If you are looking for a place to find used building materials, try the online classifieds such as Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Offline you can try Habitat for Humanity’s “ReStores“.
Since the instructions for building the DIY greenhouse are copyright to the book, we cannot give them to you word for word but these pages will give you an idea of what you need to build your greenhouse. We highly suggest the book if you are planning on building for your own garden.
The author suggests that you place your greenhouse in an area that will take advantage of limited daylight in the winter. That means finding a good southern exposure. Since the roof is glass it will pick up a lot of light through the day anyhow. The overall orientation of the greenhouse should provide plenty of light and heat.
About the Author: Chris Gleason is the author of several books for the DIY market including Built-In Furniture for the Home, The Complete Kitchen Makeover, Complete Custom Closet, Old-School Workshop Accessories and Building Real Furniture for Everyday Life. He was raised on a farm in upstate New York. He has been raising chickens in his Salt Lake City backyard for over six years. He currently builds and sells chicken coops. He has owned Gleason Woodworking Studios for over 13 years.
Some of Chris’ other books include: The Versatile Shed, Backyard Projects for Today’s Homestead, Furniture for Everyday Life, Wood Pallet Projects. See all of his books at Amazon.com