Greenhouse Ideas to Get the Most From Your Garden

Your plants will be happier than ever with one of these greenhouse ideas from our list!

Greenhouses provide a safe haven for the greens, offering a protected environment. They are essential to many gardeners as it allows them to extend their growing season.

And to think that you can build one on your own makes owning a greenhouse more interesting. But if you have the budget, you’ll also find something worthwhile here.

Our round-up of greenhouse ideas will help you get started in no time!

1. Cultivate in a growhouse

Growhouses are like a mini version of a regular greenhouse. They are especially effective at seed starting and propagating.

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The BillyOh Growhouse makes a perfect alternative if you don’t have a space for standard ones.

BillyOh Expert Pent Growhouse
BillyOh Expert Pent Growhouse

2. Invest in smart greenhouses

A smart greenhouse allows you to crop with less maintenance and footprint indoors. Its automation and smart optimisation provide optimum thriving conditions for the plants.

3. Made from upcycled windows

For this DIY, you’ll want to have windows that fit tightly into the window opening. This will help to protect your plants against cold air. Opt for aluminium or vinyl materials.

DIY glass greenhouse made from old windows
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4. Easy-fit frame with a heavy-duty cover

No tools are required for assembly! An easy-fit frame greenhouse usually comes with four strong wire shelves. Each shelf offers a maximum loading capacity of 10kg.

The heavy-duty roll-up cover can be unzipped and tied up when needed.

Greenhouse with Easy-Fit Frame and Heavy Duty Cover
Greenhouse with Easy-Fit Frame and Heavy Duty Cover

5. Consider adding a partition

If you own a large greenhouse, zone it by splitting the interior 50/50 with an internal door. With this method, you can have different temperature zones in one room. 

For one, creating micro climates for a variety of plant types.

6. Frameless glazing technique

A glass-style greenhouse that blends in and virtually disappears into the background. The barely-there design is simply stunning and ideal if you want to let maximum light through.

7. Opt for a portable walk-in unit

Most portable greenhouses are large enough for you to walk in and admire your produce. They feature zippered doors, exhaust vents, a coated steel frame, and a UV protected cover.

8. Lean-to greenhouse

A lean-to greenhouse is fixed against a solid wall. It’s specifically designed to make the most of your valuable garden space.

With one, you don’t need a big garden for an extended growing season. All you need is something solid for it to lean against.

BillyOh Polycarbonate Lean-To Greenhouse
BillyOh Polycarbonate Lean-To Greenhouse

9. Low-cost hoop

A free greenhouse plan that, when you build it, will only cost you a few pounds for all the materials. Place metal stakes into the ground and slide six-foot sections of PVC pipe over the plants for the arch.

Then, stretch plastic over the hoops. You’ll have your plants protected from freezing temperatures and frost.

High tunnel farming on Fleshman Farm
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10. PVC arched

An arched-roof greenhouse made from a PVC frame is a relatively easy DIY project. PVC pipes and lightweight greenhouse film are all you need to construct one!

11. Versatile staging

Greenhouse staging or shelving doubles as a work surface and display for the plants. Opt for a fold-down design so you can lift or lower it if needed. It’s perfect if you need to house tall-growing tomatoes or shelter a tall citrus tree over winter.

12. Hobby greenhouse

Hobby greenhouses feature adjustable roof vents, rain gutters, and a lockable door handle. The all-around glazing in the BillyOh Rosette allows light in all day. Plus, the integrated vent will enable you to control the temperature.

BillyOh Rosette Hobby Aluminium Polycarbonate Greenhouse
BillyOh Rosette Hobby Aluminium Polycarbonate Greenhouse

13. Umbrella hack

This greenhouse hack only requires one cheap item, and that is a clear umbrella. Place it over your plants will act as a mini-greenhouse. At the same time, it’ll trap humidity inside to keep the sprouts healthy and happy.

14. Homegrown bloom display

Once your seedlings have flourished into beautiful blooms, show them off. Create a space in your greenhouse for a seasonal flower display. A second-hand table or chest can make a perfect platform solution.

15. Wooden cold frame

A cold frame is an enclosure built close to the ground with a transparent top made of either glass or plastic. Plants planted inside are protected from the elements, such as heavy winds, rain, and frost.

It’s an ideal solution when you don’t have enough space for a standard greenhouse.

DIY wooden cold frame
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Any way you look at it, if you’re a serious gardener, you’d love to get your hands on a greenhouse. Smaller and DIY greenhouse options are great for hobby and beginner gardeners.

With our list of greenhouse ideas, you can double up yours as a storage space and a luxe garden room! Assess your garden to see what size you’d like, and then pick one of the items above.