Greenhouses & Cold Frames

Greenhouses and cold frames are a great way to grow your own food year round, healthy, fresh and full of nutrients. There are many different designs to choose from, a great article by Walden Labs describes 6 inexpensive designs inspired by traditional shelters.

These include a Wigwam greenhouse, a Yurt, a Tipi, an A-Fram greenhouse, an Earth-sheltered greenhouse, and a simple “lean to” greenhouse pictured below:
Traditional shelter designs for greenhouses from Walden Labs.


One of the most common designs is a hoop house greenhouse. The plans to built one below are for a structure that’s 11 feet wide, 15 feet long and 7.5 feet tall. It can be made bigger or smaller, and can be built for anywhere from $50 to $200.

The full plans to build one are here:


To make an inexpensive countertop greenhouse, you can see the instructions here:


Another set of instructions to build an inexpensive Cold Frame can be found here:


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