Are you interested in setting up a greenhouse, but you don’t have the funds to do so? There are many frugal ways to set up a greenhouse, so let’s take a look at them below.
The Clear Garbage Bag
To allow sunlight to penetrate into the plants, you need to use a clear garbage bag. Create a dome-like frame using wires for support and insert the garbage bag from the top all the way to the bottom. To lock the moisture in and prevent the plastic from flying away, tie the open end using a rope or tape.
For only a few bucks, you can now protect your plants from extreme cold weather.
Empty water gallons/bottles or disposable food containers are also great for DIY greenhouse. Depending on the size, you can protect multiple or single plants from harsh weather —even pests. These containers will simply act as a cover. Be sure it’s heavy enough so the wind will not knock it off.
Since these items normally just occupy your storage or sit in your yard as trash, using them for this purpose is virtually free.
Wood Frames and Plastic Sheets
For small garden plots, you can create an A-Frame using wood pallets and cover it securely with clear plastic sheets. Wood pallets are perfect because they have some gaps for the sunlight to seep through.
For larger garden plots, you can create a box frame using purchased lumber or long, straight (or almost) branches from trees. Secure the transparent plastic sheets above and on the sides of the frame using staples or nails.
Convert an Existing Structure into a Greenhouse
If you have an existing structure such as a shed or garage that you’re not using, you can convert it into a greenhouse. This is a great option if you have the space, but don’t want to spend the money on a new structure. You’ll just need to add some windows big enough to let the sunlight in.
These are just a few frugal ways to set up a greenhouse. If you’re interested in growing your own plants, but don’t have a lot of money to spend, then consider one of these options.