A handcrafted greenhouse will jump-start the spring plants.
Fashion a homemade greenhouse with plans from a modern homesteader.
SHAYE ELLIOTT DREAMED OF A GREENHOUSE for her Beatha Fonn Farm for as long as she could remember. And when she and her husband, Stuart, finally built their 10-by-16-foot DIY version, they learned a few things about the plastic sheeting they used to cover the exterior. Although 3-inch screws are recommended for it, you really need only 1-inch screws. And that’s important. “Because you’ll be screwing in roughly 1,203,177 screws,” she says. And “it will, quite literally, take you three times as long to screw the plastic sheeting to the frame of the greenhouse.”
At theelliotthomestead.com/2014/07/how-to-build-a-greenhouse/ you’ll find more of Shaye’s humorous tips, as well as detailed directions for the entire greenhouse project.
Shaye Elliott lives and farms on 5 acres in north central Washington with her husband and four children. She has collected years of ag advice in her book Welcome to the Farm: How-To Wisdom from the Elliott Homestead. Go to amazon.com to find this witty and personal guide to living off the land.