DIY Greenhouse Build – Part 1

DIY Greenhouse Build - Part 1

I have decided to build my own greenhouse. It will be 15′ x 40′. The expensive, yet cheap manufactured greenhouses you can buy online and other places give me great pause. So, like almost everything I do, I decided to see if I can do it myself. Well, this is part 1 of me doing just that. I first thought of the idea when doing my container gardening. I used the EMT to string tomatoes and beans up using tomato twine. I noticed how stout the EMT is, how weather resistant, and how cheap it is! So, first step: research the web. At the time, I found only 2 folks–Meg Stout & RPFanatic–who had attempted a similar build and one didn’t finish (or document the finish online). But, I decided to attempt it regardless. After beginning, I did see other projects (and other versions of EMT greenhouses) folks were doing with EMT that I could incorporate into my build. I started this all initially in January with learning how to bend the conduit to test the feasibility. So, take a seat, lean back and enjoy the ride. Here we go with my version of an EMT greenhouse.

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  1. Thank you for the videos they are great! I am building similar one. Did you need a permit to build the greenhouse? How big is the plastic film you bought?

  2. Hey Brent, the card for this video came up on your one minute carrots video, so I'm watching the series now. So far, this looks like a really good project. If I build another hoop house, I'll probably do it this way. Looking forward to all your tips during the series.

  3. Brent: You got up off the ground pretty good for having you knee work on. My GH is only a 13' by 8' lean to affair up against our enclose porch and the back of our home, but I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Can't wait to see it finished! Bernard

  4. That's a great start Brent. I have to say that I don't envy you. That is a tough journey that you are on. Let me know if you run into something that you can't figure out… I believe I made just about every mistake that can be made when I constructed mine so I may have a solution for you!

  5. That's going to be a really nice size. Greenhouses can be so much help, and have one heck of a lot of different uses too. I've always loved them, but how people use them today makes for a lot more use than years ago. Back then people started plants in them and that was about it. Today you can grow veggies year round in them if you want to. Options are almost endless. Oh, and they can NEVER be too BIG. LOLOL