How To Build A Survival Greenhouse

Want your own survival greenhouse? You can build it yourself – and it’s easier thank you think!

One of the most important aspects of preparing for survival is having enough food on hand. However, it’s not just cans and bags of freeze-dried food that need to tide you over. If it’s possible, it’s a really good idea to have fresh produce at your disposal.

Fresh fruits and veggies can give you the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are lacking in packaged survival foods. Plus, if you’re being forced to bug-in during an emergency, you can be sitting pretty with a stockpile of healthy produce, while others struggle to get sustenance.

This can give you exceptional peace of mind, considering that grocery store shelves will be empty in just hours after warnings of an emergency reach the public.

One of the best long-term solutions for growing plants is to have a survival greenhouse. And, luckily, it can be easier (and more fun) to build than many preppers think.

Keep reading and you’ll discover…

How To Build A Survival Greenhouse

The Huge Benefits Of A Survival Greenhouse

Before learning to build a survival greenhouse, it’s important to understand the benefits of making this yourself.

First, greenhouses allow you to have control over your growing environment. This allows you to grow plants that may not typically thrive in your state’s/country’s natural climate.

Most greenhouses serve the purpose of keeping heat in. However, you can also attach a cooling mechanism, which can help keep the temperature at the perfect setting, all year-round.

Plus, by controlling the environment in the greenhouse, this can help you extend the growing season. This can help ensure you continue to have fresh produce for longer, allowing you to stock up for when you need it most!

Not to mention, a survival greenhouse helps keep harmful pests away from the plants. This can also help extend the life of your produce.

The Downsides Of A Survival Greenhouse

One of the only downsides to a DIY greenhouse is the cost of building it. However, there are a variety of builds to choose from, which can affect the cost. In addition, if you’re thrifty and find the parts yourself (or have them already) you can lower the expenses by quite a bit!

Below are some of the most inexpensive builds you can do…

The Ulysses S. Grant Greenhouse

This style got its name because, if you play your cards right, you only have to spend a $50 bill to build this greenhouse yourself.

This style is known as a “hoop house,” or “hoop greenhouse,” due to its cylindrical shape.

Check out this tutorial for step-by-step directions and pictures.

You can also watch the video below to see a similar build. The person in this video was able to build this greenhouse himself for just $100.

 “The Barn” Greenhouse

This barn-style survival greenhouse tutorial may be the perfect option for you. It’s a bit more expensive than the “Ulysses S. Grant” build, but it’s also sturdier, and more likely to hold up to severe weather conditions.

If you enjoy DIY videos, you might like the video below. This is just Part one of the video series on how to build this barn-style greenhouse. So, to see next steps, simply click “YouTube” at the bottom right of the video, and you should be able to click on parts 2, 3, and so on on the right-hand side. There’s 8 parts to this video series, including how to add a watering system to the greenhouse.

The Windproof 300 Sq-Ft HoopHouse

Now, this build may seem similar to the first one. However, the survival greenhouse spans an impressive 300 sq. ft. So, although it’s more expensive than the first option, it’s also more likely to sustain enough fruits, vegetables, and herbs for an entire family.

According to the tutorial, this hoop house costs about $500 to build. However, when you consider how many plants you can grow and maintain at a time, the investment benefits quickly outweigh the initial costs. In addition, if you can manage to get the parts for cheap (or even for free), this can drastically affect the amount of money you spend on this project!

2 Responses
  • Teunis Bos
    May 31, 2018

    Great and easy

  • J.R. Mitchell
    June 1, 2018

    I designed and built an 8x8x32 ft greenhouse for my wife and I when I retired 12 yrs ago. It has served us well. I used 3/4 inch pvc for the hoops anchored onto 1/2 metal conduit, (a 24 inch piece driven 12 inches into the ground) I used 3/4 pvc for the stringers. I built doors on each end. The clear covering I ordered from Greenhouse Superstore. One roll of 6 mil is enough to cover it twice plus. We have 36 container citrus trees we overwinter in it. And grow veggies besides. We ate our last orange in Feb. All the trees are outside now and loaded with fruit and blooms.