We “accidentally” made this greenhouse hatch after breaking one of the big glass panes while building this 8×10 greenhouse.
We used to keep a special container for plant trimmings so they wouldn’t get all over the floor. Now we just throw everything organic we don’t need right out the escape hatch into the garden. We’re considering even putting a compost pile there.
The greenhouse hatch is a really basic design, it’s just 1/2″ plywood cut to fit the hatch and two hinges. We keep a pole handy to prop the hatch open for when we need it.
The hatch also provides a great deal of ventilation, which is really needed now that it’s June.
Our hatch is on the north side, so sun isn’t coming from that direction anyway – so we’re not losing any photons by having the hatch instead of another window pane. You can see that actually many of the adjacent segments of the greenhouse on this side are plywood as well. This entire greenhouse was built with salvaged windows so we designed it around the windows we had.
The wall o water greenhouse is a self contained greenhouse that you fill with water from the hose. The brilliant design allows the water to store heat from the sun, and the thermal mass of the water keeps the plants warm through cold periods like nighttime, windy days, or even before and after a growing season! It’s … Continue reading
Using “trash” to grow plants just makes sense. It’s the absolute best way to recycle your plastic bottles. It’s good for our human habitat to keep this stuff out of the oceans, and it’s good for your bottom line because this building material is as free as free can be. You might even be able to make … Continue reading
A GreenhouseFarming.net reader shared with us this creative and ultra cheap greenhouse idea, cobbled together with some 2x4s and a roll of pallet wrap. In this article, we’ll first explain what pallet wrap is and where to get it, then we’ll launch into a step-by-step design guide with pictures on building your own pallet wrap greenhouse. We’ve … Continue reading
A compost pile used in conjunction with a greenhouse creates a highly productive process far greater than the sum of its parts. A composting greenhouse works so well because the byproducts of compost are exactly what plants need to thrive enormously. I’ll be outlining three of these byproducts that will create robust and healthy greenhouse-grown … Continue reading
Cold frames are the smallest form of greenhouse, and the best place to start for the sprouting greenhouse farmer. You may be able to put together a cold frame today with simple materials you have lying around. An old bathtub with a shower door on top would make a fine cold frame. Or you could … Continue reading
Your first DIY greenhouse is as simple as attaching a sheet of clear material to a box. This is called a cold frame and is the best way for a beginner to start with greenhouses. A cold frame can be put together with materials most people already have on hand inside an afternoon. Read our … Continue reading
Want to grow oranges in Canada? Then let me tell you about greenhouse farming. It’s without doubt the future of farming. Weather has mystified farmers for millenia, but the humble greenhouse is changing that. Greenhouse farming is a cheap and robust solution to an unpredictable climate. Most new farming models make heavy use of greenhouses, notably … Continue reading