How to build a PVC green house

I just finished listening to Episode 526 – Time for fall garden overdrive of The Survival Podcast. Personally I have been slacking BIG TIME on my fall garden. I’m still harvesting Kentucky wonder pole beans like it’s my job, but that’s about all that is left of my garden except for a few tomatoes.

Well that was just the kick in the pants I needed. I’ve got all the materials laying around to build myself a nice little green house. This will be the subject of a series of upcoming videos so I hope you will stay tuned.

Here is a great PVC greenhouse I found on youtube and just based on the search results there are just a TON of other designs out there. Do you have a favorite low budget greenhouse design? Post it in the comments.

Here is a link to a great resource I found on this topic:

PVC Hoophouse/Greenhouse

Author: Nick-LaDieu

Webmaster of SaveOurSkills.com. Budding skill enthusiast and modern survivalist. When nick isn't plotting his next project he is probably running with his dogs, riding his mountain bike, or fiddling with his home theater.

  • My husband and I built a PVC greenhouse over our garden. It works great. We put the plastic on during winter months, remove it when the threat of frost ends, and can even use the hoops for shade cloth in the heat of the summer. Ours is build where we can actually remove the PVC hoops for easier access.. we just store it in the barn until we need it again. It was a great project and has proven to be very beneficial in expanding our growing season.

    Thanks for a great post.

  • Bob

    Interesting video- I believe something stronger would be required in the north, due to snow loading, if it were to be used year round.

    This year, my wife and I put in raised beds, using many of the Square Foot Gardening principles, and for next year I have started installing supports for bed covers. The beds are 4’x8′, and the hoops will raise the plastic 2′ to 2-1/2′ from the level of the bed. My intent is to have perhaps a half dozen beds with this, to allow us to start plants earlier, and harvest later, than frost would typically allow.

    The brackets are 8″ pieces of 1/2″ plastic conduit, placed just inside the ends of the bed and midway, for a total of three pairs. I am making the center hoop slightly larger, to help water (or light snow) to slide off more easily. The hoops (my current iteration, at least) are galvanized wire inside flexible water tubing.

    I would like to have a larger, dedicated greenhouse, but I think I will try this first.

    Thanks for your efforts!