Tips for Successfully Building PVC Greenhouses
If you’re interested in building an easy, inexpensive, efficient and durable greenhouse, you should consider a PVC greenhouse. They can be assembled quickly and you only need a few cheap supplies and some elbow grease to get it done. A decent set of plans and some help from friends and you’re ready to go.
The first thing you need to do is make your site selection. This is a critical part of constructing greenhouses as location can make the difference between success and failure. You need a space in your yard that gets a significant amount of sunlight and is level with decent natural drainage. The ideal spot will get a lot of light but also shade from trees to prevent scorching during hotter parts of the day.
The next step in building your PVC greenhouse is deciding on the size. Width is very important. A good idea is to go for at least 8 feet wide. Consider that you’ll need room to put potting benches that are 2 to 3 feet wide and a door that needs to be about 22 inches wide. So, if you’re a hobbyist, you should strive for at least 8 to 10 feet wide. You should have enough room to move around. As for length, that’s more up to you.
Then it’s time to get your supplies. To build a PVC greenhouse, you’ll need:
• PVC Piping ½ inch x 8 feet lengths: If your greenhouse is going to be 10 x 8 feet, get 12 pipes. You’ll also need PVC T-shaped and cross connectors.
• Lumber for door frame and base: You’ll need 2 2 x 6 x 10 feet and 2 2 x 6 x 8 feet lengths along with nails or wood screws. The door frame will need 6 2 x 4 x8 feet boards.
• Plastic Sheeting: The best kind to get is Visquene plastic of 6 to8 mil thickness and a number of binder clips for attaching it to the frame.
• Thirty Metal U brackets: You’ll need these to attach the PVC pipe to the wood base.
• The Door: To save money, you can just use an old screen door from a second hand door or junk yard.
By following these simple tips, you’ll have your new PVC greenhouse up and going in no time.