A PVC Greenhouse is among the most popular designs for the DIY (Do it yourself Gardener). The materials are easy to get from your local hardware store, and with a set of good Greenhouse Plans, they are fairly easy to build. (Some plans have been linked to below).
The plastic pipe greenhouse was our first option to build as well, however, the further we researched we soon found that the White PVC pipe quickly breaks down in the Sun's UV Rays - it is reported that the pipe lasts anywhere from 1 - 2 growing seasons.
We opted to go with Galvanized Steel Hoops, which we bent ourselves. These steel hoops added more support, and we don't have to worry about a rebuild of the structure for some time down the road. You can see more information about this in the Hoop House section.
That being said, plastic pipe has been widely used, and still remains one of the more popular methods in building a start-up greenhouse.
PVC Greenhouse Plans:
Here are some Great DIY Plans for building your own greenhouse. We found them all over the Internet and posted them here for you for convenience:
-How to build a PVC Greenhouse. Detailed Construction of a backyard PVC Greenhouse. Complete with a list of materials.
PVC and Wood Frame Plans -PVC, Wood Frame and Poly Film plans with material list and illustrated how to build your own greenhouse guide. This is the one that I was going to build. Until I decide on a galvanized Hoop house.
The PVC greenhouse is a light weight, and less expensive, alternative to the popular aluminum kits. You will also have the satisfaction of doing it yourself.
Another advantage, much like the Hoop house option, is that the greenhouse can be expanded when need be.
Ease of Construction
If you have any plumbing background then this will be easy. If not, someone at your local hardware store can show you how to piece the pipe together in a matter of minutes.
Try it. The great thing about this sort of option is that you can make one any size that you want. It doesn’t have to be enormous or overwhelming. Make a small one on your patio….. and start experimenting.
pipes and elbow joints
Hammer and nails
Drill and screws
As seen in the video:
This is just one style that could be made. The styles and ideas are endless (ever played with constructs or tinker toys?) – but this is a simple, get going quickly type of option.