If you’ve caught the gardening bug in the last year, you know you can never have too many plants! From annuals and perennials to flowering shrubs and small trees, it’s easy to fall in love with new plants to add to your garden. But if you live in a cold climate—or if you want to start seedlings for a vegetable or flower garden early to get a jumpstart on spring—you need a greenhouse. You’ll be able to save some of your favorite plants for the next season, as well as shelter tender plants or seedlings until you can set them out in the spring. Even if you don’t have tons of space, there are greenhouses that will fit tidily up against your house or on your patio or deck. Another option is a cold frame, which generally is lower to the ground but also warms up the soil and allows you to plant sooner in the spring. Just remember that many budget-priced options are not meant to be permanent so they won’t stand up to wind or heavy snow.
Now, check out a few DIY and inexpensive greenhouses you can buy to make your plants happy.
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DIY Rustic Window Greenhouse
Here’s a greenhouse so beautiful, you just might be tempted to move in. The owner made it out of vintage windows, and the level of detail is remarkable.
Get the tutorial at Liz Marie Blog.
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This mini greenhouse is made of cedar and gives you enough space to grow veggies and herbs. And it’s pretty cute, too!
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Deluxe Wired Greenhouse
Hooray! No tools are required for assembly of this greenhouse! With plenty of space for vegetables, herbs, and flowers, it’s a reasonably priced option for most budgets.
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Upcycled Window Greenhouse
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Hybrid Hobby Greenhouse
This greenhouse includes an adjustable roof vent, rain gutters, and a lockable door handle. Plus, it’s available in several different sizes.
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Sturdy Greenhouse Kit
Ready to splurge? If you’re looking for a more substantial permanent greenhouse or you’re a more serious gardener, this kit has what you need to DIY it in a weekend.
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This 4×4 mini greenhouse will give you plenty of room to start seedlings or house sensitive plants during an early cold snap.
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This large walk-in greenhouse features zippered front and back doors in addition to exhaust vents, a coated steel frame, and an airtight, UV-protected cover.
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This greenhouse is a great solution for starting your gardening just a bit earlier in the season. It’s not designed for heavy weather, such as snow or high winds, but it will help seeds get a faster start and shelter tender baby plants at a budget price.
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Greenhouse Frame Kit
This kit provides the brackets and the plans so you can DIY a sturdy greenhouse and finish it to your own specifications. You supply the lumber and the sweat equity!
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DIY Umbrella Mini-Greenhouse
How cute and practical is this? Look for pop-up greenhouse covers at your home improvement store, or make your own using an inexpensive old umbrella.
Get the tutorial at Garden Therapy.
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Mini Picture Frame Terrarium
Repurpose old window frames to create a mini greenhouse terrarium that will look adorable on your end table.
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Recycled Greenhouse Tutorial
When this couple built their own greenhouse out of recycled materials, they set out to mimic the architectural details of their 1940s home. The real gem here, in our opinion, is the sliding red door. Too cute!
Get the tutorial at Montana Wildlife Gardener.
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Wooden Cold Frame/Mini Greenhouse
This wooden cold frame/greenhouse can store quite a few plants on its three shelves, plus it’s more attractive than many others—but it’s still budget-priced.
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If you live in a snowy area, build a raised greenhouse (this one sits on a hand-built table) to shelter your plants all year long. Because this option is made out of old windows, it’s easy to decorate with glass paints.
Get the tutorial at Empress of Dirt.
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Mini Wire-shelf Greenhouse
If you just have a few plants to shelter, this simple wire shelf unit will work.
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Budget Hoop Garden House
Similar to the hoop greenhouse, this mini version is made using PVC pipe and plastic or floating row covers. This can be built over raised beds or planters. Place it in a sheltered area to protect from wind.
Get the tutorial at QT’s Random Ramblings.
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Repurposed CD Cases Greenhouse
Yes, there is a use for all those old CDs! This little greenhouse is made from 40 upcycled CD cases!
Get the tutorial at Mega Crafty.
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If you only have one or two plants to shelter, this portable pop-up fits the bill.
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Wooden Cold Frame
If you need to keep just a few plants or seedlings safe from weather, this wooden cold frame won’t take up a ton of space—and it’s attractive, too.
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Raised Bed with Greenhouse Cover
This raised bed comes with its own greenhouse cover that drops over it when cold weather looms.
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Elevated Raised Bed with Greenhouse Cover
This wooden raised bed is easy on your back, plus it comes with the greenhouse cover to protect your plants from sudden changes in weather.
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This 4×8 foot lean-to greenhouse is sheltered on one side by your house, shed or garage. It also helps radiate heat from the building to your plants.
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Repurposed Trampoline Greenhouse
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If you need a super-quick solution to shelter tender plants from an early frost, this budget option can be put up and taken down in a hurry.
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Raised Bed with Cover
This raised bed is easy to reach, plus it comes with covers that can be vented or removed on warm days.
Rebekah Lowin Lifestyle Editor Rebekah Lowin is the Lifestyle Editor for The Pioneer Woman, covering food, entertaining, home decor, crafting, gardening, and holiday.
Arricca Elin Sansone Arricca SanSone has written about health and lifestyle topics for Prevention, Country Living, Woman’s Day, and more.
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