Small Greenhouse for Plantations on Euro Pallets

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About: Software engineer and aquaponic lover

Winter is coming and in order to get some lettuces during the winter I created this greenhouse for my plantation boxes.

I hope you will enjoy this instructables this is the first of mine. Please provide feedback :)

I did some measures to observe the difference of temperature inside and outside the greenhouse (third picture) and as you can see it seems pretty good.

Note: the measure were done with the greenhouse totally closed.

Step 1: Required Material

(todo)

  • 2x wood 80cm
  • 2x wood 111.5cm
  • 4x angles (alloy)
  • 1x box - screws 4.0x30mm
  • 1x plastic tube (10 - 15 meters)
  • 1x plastic film

Here are the links to the products I bought:

pipes for lanes

pipes for arcs

plastic film

wood

Step 2: Prepare 4 Stuck of Wood

You need to get 4 pieces of wood.

  • 2x 80cm
  • 2x 111.5cm

Step 3: Fix the Wood Parts Together With Angles

Simply rely the four parts together with 4 angles and screws.

In order to obtain something flat I recommend to do it on the floor (not vertically) that way you are sure (assuming your floor is flat.)

Step 4: Perfore 6 Holes in the Wood

In order to introduce the tubes we need to perfore 6 holes.

1 on each corner and 2 in the middle of the longest parts of wood.

Step 5: Cut 3 Arcs

Cut 3 arcs of the same length in the plastic tube.

I used some tubes quite flexible take care when you buy yours that they are enough flexible

Step 6: Place the Tubes Into the Holes

Step 7: Fix Theses Arcs

With a screw fix the arcs simply by perforing the wood and then the tube will be like attracted to the exterior of the wood.

Step 8: Perfore the Top of Each Arc

Then you need to perfore the top of each arc that way we can attach the rest of the structure and we get sure it is not going to move.

Step 9: Prepare 3 Tubes

You can cut 3 tubes of the same length.

All of them have to measure 117cm.

Step 10: Perfore Extremities of the Tubes

Perfore each extremity of each of the tree tubes.

Step 11: Fix the Top Tube

Use the small holes we did earlier to fix all of it.

Step 12: Fix the Two Other Tubes

Exactly like previous step

Step 13: Plastify

This part is the most difficult. In order to get good looking results you need to go slowly and carefully.

Step 14: Optional 1: Make It Adjustable

If you put these 2 peaces you can quite easily make it really convenient.

I prefere this variant because you can really simply open the greenhouse without efforts.

Step 15: Optional 2: Cut Some Windows in the House

If like me in this situation you want to simply have some windows to put your hands on you can easily cut some "doors" into the plastic.

I don't know how it will support winter but I guess it's not optimal.

(Open to suggestions)

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    BeverlyR17

    1 year ago

    Great idea well done

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    Doing

    1 year ago

    Great idea! I really like all the good, clear, pictures. Thank you.

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    Cheiron

    1 year ago

    Great Instructable! I have a question though. Is the plastic pipe regular PVC? One suggestion as well, you might consider using UV resistant zip ties (usually black). Regular zip ties last about 1 year in direct sunlight.

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    svermeilleCheiron

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi again I added the links to the plastic pipes description

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    svermeilleCheiron

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi Cheiron thank you :)

    I used two types of plastic pipe basically. One is formable (keep the form I give him). And for the lines one I used long plastic tubes.

    All of these are used in electric systems.

    I will add the link to my local shop products so that you can find some more informations about the products. ( I hope they are also in english :/ )

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    seamster

    1 year ago

    Great first instructable! This looks like a perfect little greenhouse. Well done :)

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    svermeilleseamster

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you seamster :) I have to say I am really happy of it too hehe. Let see if lettuce grow up faster now !

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    ericCycles

    1 year ago

    A strong wind will eventually rip the plastic right through those staples.
    I would recommend sandwiching the plastic with extra wood strips so its held uniformly along its length.

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    svermeilleericCycles

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi ericCycles

    true it could. For this reason the peace of plastic is comming inside the house. That way the wind could not pass between the wood and the plastic. But sure it I have problems regarding it I will adapt this system to use your solution and update this instructables ;) Thank you for your suggest

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    KarinE3

    1 year ago

    This is exactly what I have been looking for! Thank you for the great up close photos. This will be my first Instructable project I make.

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    svermeilleKarinE3

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hello KarinE3,

    thank you glad I can help :) if you have any questions feel free to ask

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    Cueball21

    1 year ago

    Great idea and perfectly presented! Thank you!

    I've done something very similar but without the box. I live in an area without harsh winters; so I bend plastic like that you show and place the ends over steel re-bar driven into the ground. This makes a good Winter shelter for potted plans and can easily be formed around plants in the ground to protect them.

    Place the rebar stakes in straight lines opposite each other. I usually place them to form an area 4 feet wide and as long as I need it to be. I use 18" rebar with about 6-8" left above ground level. I connect straight pieces of plastic pipe with zip ties, just as you show, then place 4 mil plastic sheet over the frame being careful to cut it leaving enough length at both ends to be able to wrap and close them. I also cut the plastic to have an extra 2 feet of width - 1' for each side -leaving enough to weight down with sand snakes - tube cloth or tubes formed with the plastic filled with sand and tied off at ends - around the perimeter but logs, stones or bricks - anything heavy enough to hold it in place - on top of the excess width of plastic to keep wind from getting under and blowing the plastic away. I've also used shorter sand snakes placed on top along the ribs when winds get very high.

    The first one I made I tried to tie the plastic sheet using zip ties but that led to tears where the plastic is pierced. In my area it is common for Winter days to go from freezing to quite warm throughout the season. Leaving the ends only folded and weighted makes it easy to ventilate the enclosed area. Loosing and raising one side makes it easy to water and replace the cover.

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    svermeilleCueball21

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi Cueball21 thank you for your experience sharing and your support :) we have quite hard winter here so I think I will have to move the snow away when there are but it should be okay I'm optimist :)

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    JoeV24

    1 year ago

    It would be handy to know the latitude of the person posting this green house. I live at 46.126 degrees N latitude.

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    svermeilleJoeV24

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hello JoeV24. Here are the coordinate of my village

    47.223564, 7.109696

    Nice greenhouse. Have you measured the difference in temperature between inside and outside of the greenhouse?