How to Build a $17.50 Greenhouse Without Any Tools

Alright, this is John Kohler with, and we have another exciting episode for ya, and what we’re going to.

Alright, this is John Kohler with,
and we have another exciting episode for ya, and what we’re going to do today is very simply,
build my $17.50 greenhouse. Yes, this greenhouse right here was 17.50 and that’s because it
was purchased at big lots, and if you look closely it says $69 dolla’. $69 for this quality
is poor value in my opinion. At the end of the season, big lots did put them on clearance
first at %50 and if they didn’t sell, later at $17.50 it’s good new for me that there’s
not a lot of gardeners in this city. So I was able to pick a whole bunch up actually
for $17.50. $17.50 is an excellent value. For $34.00 that’s all right, for $69 I wouldn’t
touch it with my dad’s ten foot pole. Anyways, what we’re gonna do today is we’re gonna go
ahead and set this guy up. We’re getting into other winter time here, it’s fall, we just
had daylight savings time change , the nights are getting cooler now. It’s dipping down
into the 40’s as you guys can see behind me, I still have a flourishing summer garden,
I’m still making tomatoes, peppers, but pretty soon that’s gonna come to an end, but meanwhile
i can’t plant anything in my beds , because I’m not going to pull up my summer crops to
plant my winter stuff. I need some more planting space so we’re gonna build some greenhouses
to keep the temperatures a little bit warmer, an ya know reflect sun, so my plants will
grow faster in the winter time. So actually I’m gonna build a total of four of these guys,
and we’re gonna put them underneath this awning in the backyard so it’s gonna get more sun,
stay warm, and be protected from the elements because these guys literally will blow away.
They’re super cheap, I definitely recommend for an inexpensive greenhouse. The Harbor
Freight greenhouses, they have one 6×8 and one 10×12. I recommend the 10×12 if you can
afford it. Otherwise, go for the 6×8, check my past videos for videos of that. I also
did another assembly of another greenhouse that’s actually much higher quality than this
one, that I would recommend before I recommended this one. It’s a little more durable, but
I actually like this one because it actually comes with shelves and everything you need
to get growing today. So I guess without further ado. Let’s go ahead and open this box up and
assemble it. The cool thing is you will need absolutely no tools to assemble this guy.
I think although I might use a screwdriver to cut the tape open on the box, but other
than that. No tools, this is totally cool. I mean anyone could do this. Alright so check
it out, now that we’ve got the box open. Here’s all the different parts inside here. You’ve
got this vinyl greenhouse cover here. Now this isn’t worth beans really. It smells like
vinyl. It’s kind of like your vinyl shower curtain, and that would be a good idea. Sew
together a couple vinyl shower curtains and make a greenhouse cover. That being said this
will not last. So don’t think this is a one time purchase greenhouse. You’re buying an
inexpensive greenhouse, this vinyl covering will degrade over time easily. I expect it
to last maybe a season. Maybe two if I’m lucky. Depending on the intense sun. We’ll be taking
this down in the summer. I’m only going to use it in the fall, winter and early spring
until it starts to warm up a bit. I’m only going to use it to keep my plants a little
bit warmer and growing a lot better. With that being said, super inexpensive. If you
want a really good greenhouse, The Harbor Freight one has performed well for me for
many years. In here you’ll see the instructions, they’re just very simple picture instructions.
Super simple to assemble, and the other thing in here is you’ve got a ton of different poles
going on. So if you liked Lincoln Logs when you were a kid, and I did, you’re gonna love
this kit right here. It’s like adult Lincoln Logs. Your going to link things in, maybe
even get your kids to help you out there. To put this thing together, ths links together
and it’s gonna go up, and easy. You’ve even got shelves here, it comes with little shelves,
so you can stack plants on your shelves. I like it, it’s all in one. Literally, you just
have to buy this, and you can be up and growing. Now I only recommend this kind of greenhouse
for mild climates, alright. Like if you live in Chicago or Wisconsin or Minnesota, this
is probably not the greenhouse you wanna get to get you over the winter time. Now the snow,
and all that kinda weather. This thing ain’t gonna make it man. If you wanna put it up
after the snow kinda starts to melt and stuff. This guy will give you kinda a jump start
on your season, but other than that it’s real light duty. I recommend you guys building
like a coup house or something like that first, but ya know, this is an option, and it’s a
really inexpensive option at that. The cheapest greenhouse I’ve ever bought. So what I’m gonna
do next is I’m just gonna start setting this guy up and I’ll show you guys different clips
as I’m going along. One of the things, you’ll say, “John, how is this guy doin’”, well
as for an update, this guy is actually doing quite well. As you can see, the greens are
growing really well, filled out really nice, and some of the plants on the bottom are kind
of stunted from when I transferred them in, a few of them didn’t make it, but I think
that’s because the plants weren’t of the highest quality. All of the plants that I put in that
were in healthy shape when I planted them are doing just great. One of the questions
on this video which is called the garden tower video. Best container garden I’ve found. Hey
John, how are you gonna move that into your greenhouse, well guess what. I’m gonna build
this inside the greenhouse, I’m gonna build the greenhouse around this, and this is gonna
be on the inside once I erect the greenhouse. So you guys are going to get to see that.
I was supposed to buy a dolly to put this on, but I haven’t had the chance to go to
Harbor Freight yet to buy a dolly and make a platform and all this kinda stuff yet, so
that’ll be in the future, anyways let’s get started building this no tool greenhouse.
So let’s get started. Check it out, I’ve got the base built, this thing is super easy,
what you do is you take the pole and you take the connectors like Lincoln Logs and fit them
together while you follow directions. It’s really super simple, I’m really glad that
my garden tower fit inside this guy, cause it’s really quite small. This guy is probably
like i don’t know 5ft by 5ft. So this is a really small greenhouse, ya know, I generally
recommend the large size greenhouses you can’t afford, but for $17.50 I couldn’t turn this
guy down. I’m gonna go ahead and continue and build up the current layers, and we’re
gonna go ahead an show you the progress as I do it. Alright, as you guys can see, I’ve got the
next round set up, super simple super easy just connect all the parts, add them on and
keep building. Alright, as you guys can see, I’ve got the
next round going on. Next we’re gonna go ahead and put the next round, and the the roof.
As you can see this is going super quick. It;s getting pretty tall here man, got another
layer. Just gotta put another piece, and then the roof. Then we’re gonna buckle this thing
up. Put the shelves on, and put on the vinyl covering. Alright, so as you guys can see, I’m standing
inside my greenhouse. Put up super simply, super easily, next we’ve got the shelves,
and you’re just gonna take one shelf and put it on each little section here. So now you
can have some plants in your greenhouse. Now, I don’t know if I’m gonna put some shelves
on this guy, cause I can barely get around this side to harvest. So I might end up taking
some of these shelves out. Which will actually weaken the entire structure, which is not
fully recommended, but it’s gonna be a pain in the arse to get around the back side and
actually harvest. Alright, so as you guys can see I’m getting
the top on. So what we did was just basically got one side of it and brought it up and over
the top. Then we’re just gonna kinda swing this all the way around. So it’s molding so
that your gonna wanna make sure the peak lines up with the peak here, and do that on both
sides, and basically all the green lines on the edges are gonna line up with the poles.
So you guys are gonna get this guy on top. So I’m gonna go ahead and get this guy up
and start tying it down. Alright, the greenhouse is erected. The final
step is the ties. Basically tie the vinyl top down to the branch. So I’m just gonna
show you that real quick. Alright as you guys can see, there’s the greenhouse
fully assembled. Get in there and tie it off real quick. It has zippers for closure. I
don’t know if this is gonna last too long. The vinyl is super cheap, it’s not super clear,
but it’s clear enough to let some light through and keep it just a tad bit warmer on the inside.
Let’s go ahead inside, and take my spinach and dandelion, and lettuce. I like it already.
It’s just a tad bit warmer especially with the cold winter winds, it’s gonna keep the
wind out, and it’s gonna trap the heat, and keep it warmer inside here. So the last thing
we’re gonna do is we’re gonna tie these little ties off here. These little ties are basically
gonna go around each pole, and you’re just gonna tie them like a little bow-tie and tie
them tight. So that the cover does not just fly off. Once the cover is stabilized to the
frame, and then once you’ve got some weight on the shelves. That’s gonna keep this guy
pretty stable. In addition if you don’t have some heavy weight on the shelves. I’m gonna
probably put some of those Gerome’s containers on the bottom. You’re going to want to weigh
it down or something so that it doesn’t fly away. This thing literally, if you’ve got
strong winds, this thing is literally going to blow up in the air and get blown away real
easy. Alright, so that was a success, super easy,
super quick to build. Ya know on a scale of 1-10. 10 being the easiest, 1 being the hardest.
This is like a 1. I mean you guys gotta be able to do this or ya can’t even be living,
ya know, connect the frickin parts put it together. You too can grow in a greenhouse.
Now this is definitely not the highest quality greenhouse. Ya know, for $17.50 I’m happy
with it, but it’s full price $69 I would not be so happy. I would recommend you guys save
up your money and buy a good decent greenhouse. Like the one from Harbor Freight that’s gonna
last from season after season. This is definitely a temporary fix. It might last a season or
two, and for $17.50 you should go out and buy them all. Unfortunately, the deal is already
over. Be sure to subscribe to my videos. When I do find deals, I’ll post it on my channel.
Show you guys what I’m getting and this kind of stuff. All in all, I’m happy with my greenhouse,
and it’s going to allow me to grow more food faster in the fall and winter here, and even
the early spring. So my plants start earlier. Stay tuned for future episodes where I’ll
actually show you guys tours of my four greenhouses that I have on site now, and all the different
things I’m growing inside. It’s definitely really cool. So once again my name is John
Kohler with We’ll see you next time, and remember, keep on growing.

100 thoughts on “How to Build a $17.50 Greenhouse Without Any Tools”

  1. Bought the same one from Tuesday Morning last year. I think it was $15. Good value. Works pretty well. It's been up over a year, it survived a hurricane, and it still looks great.

  2. you could buy some son of gun and sock the out side to help make it last longer to just cover up any plants around it might kill them and should not have tu wipe it down just let it soak in

  3. That’s cool my friend ???? I will look for that .. my plants died this winter
    Thank you for sharing ???sending you a ❤️all the way from Atlanta Georgia USA ??????????????

  4. I'm smiling. I bought one at Menards , clearance ,smaller and useless. I keep it in the garage for storing garden tools etc. It wouldn't last with the wind , it would blow off my ( garden deck ).

  5. We have been using one of these for 4 years now. just make sure you don't leave it in an exposed spot where the wind can destroy it.
    My only tip is to make all the pole fittings secure using gorilla tape as when the wind shakes the frame or you bang it when working in there they do tend t pop apart and also once the poly sheets are tied on, tape the knots and loose tapes to the poles using the gorilla tape (you will need to remove and replace the tape each season as the stickiness perishes due to humidity.
    Make sure you weigh the whole thing down with lettuce boxes at the base to fix it down and stop the thing blowing over, and you it will work just fine… I got one at Wilcos in the UK in 2014 and it is still up with only a couple of minor repairs needed after strong winds. It is looking a bit too shabby now, so I am building a timber frame one this year, but for a cheap start, it did us proud so why not try one.

  6. Want to know why it costs $17.50? Cheap plastic connectors. These connectors will break within a couple of months. Don't buy this shit. I have one sitting outside falling apart.

  7. You could put casters on your tower to facilitate harvesting, though it might be difficult to achieve since the tower is already producing.

  8. Thanks for your videos!!! Aside from the health bennies, I think of Micro-Farming as part of moving towards sustainable living. As a result, I try to avoid adding more plastic waste to the environment… Would love to see either durable or more environmentally friendly green house liners. I wonder if there's such a think as biodegradable, yet water proof? I've seen pics of what appears to be green fabric greenhouse liners, but I don't know if that allows enough light to get through…
    Keep on Gardening!!!
    P.S. Good luck with the Hawai'i Project!!! Land on the Big Island is way more affordable than the other islands… Lots of people into sustainable living there… I lived on Oahu for 7 years and I really miss it ;-( 😉

  9. When you put the garden tower on a dolly, harvesting the back side should not be a problem as you can rotate the entire tower garden.

  10. DO NOT BUY ON OF THESE!!!!!!!!      If they are in the open, they are WAY too feeble to withstand even the smallest of wind gust. I put mine together. Anchored it down and a 25MPH wind gust broke all the plastic angles and killed every plant in it. ALL OF THEM!!!!!    I am INSANELY PISSED!!!!!

  11. I put a few of them up almost a year ago and they are holding up very well. They are surprisingly good. I am pleased with them. I got a great deal on them too. Bought mine at The Grocery Outlet.

  12. What's do you do with all the surplus veggies and herbs you have from your garden? I have a garden and I find I grow to much and the animals also help by carrying half-eaten tomatoes all the way to my front steps lol.

  13. Some of the commenter's are very IMMATURE i see and the rapper 50 CENTS would laugh at their sorry ARSES! Any way thank you for the info this is great too know because greenhouse are expensive and sprout farms are a viable option. Thanks.

  14. Ok… I bought one of them tower planters, and my wife is dead set against my building it in the house for fear of the mosquitos. Really irrational, I know… but she is a Mexican, set in her ways.

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  16. Just found your channel today and love it! I live in Arizona and was wondering can I grow veggies or fruit in my very warm garage? Do you have any suggestions or a video on this?

  17. They are trying to sell them for $125 here! For $130, I can buy a 15x7x7 tunnel style one from Walmart, not a tiny 6.5×6.5

  18. um do you by chance have one of those you could spare!? im trying to do some gardening and discreetly build my mother in law her secret garden befoere she retires but im having serious issues with propagation due to humidity issues etc… i live in ohio

  19. Hi John… Do you know where I can get a replacement plastic over for $17.50 greenhouse. I got 2 good years out of it, but cover is all torn up now. Love your vids!!

  20. I would look into finding a recliner base, one that allows the recliner to circle around and use that under that tower on top of your furniture dolly you were talking about getting so it turns around like a lazy susan!

  21. Here's the link to the replacement cover ?youre welcome?Homewell Walk-In Green House Replacement Cover (3 Tier 6 Shelf)

  22. Getting one of those greenhouses in the valley in my particular city at that price would be far more difficult than winning the Powerball 75 times in a row. ??

  23. Awesome video! I was looking at buying one of these too but I'm waiting for them to drop in price since all the fall decor just got released and lol there's both a home depot and lowes next to our Big Lots so maybe I'll get lucky. This really turned out great and it gives a good idea to use thicker pvc pipes for the poles as well as bricks to add some weight to the bottom so a gust of wind doesn't send it flying away maybe some light weight plywood for the other shelves too! See you've provided lots of ideas to upscale this guy =)

  24. Your title is misleading. This is a $69 greenhouse. Just because you got it on clearance, doesn't mean other people can find this for $17.50. Title should be Building a $69 Big Lots Bought Greenhouse.

  25. Hubby bought one for me, sweats a lot inside and grew green mold, thinking of finding some hard plastic type of cover to use and not put the thin plastic one back on.

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  27. I have that exact barrel in orange! Must be 3 yr now. Never used it yet as wanted to find way to try it inside by patio door. 18 mo ago got the 2.0 version that has a nice tub & feet built into base to catch castings & tea AND ball bearings to turn it! It's going to get planted shortly now that I've assembled stuff for a good mix of soil …

  28. I could see the tower attached to a round base, set inside a pan with barrings so it could be turned fairly easily

  29. I have one of these and would like to turn it into a trellis with a bench inside since I’m building a real greenhouse. I haven’t found any ideas yet to make the bench.

  30. I just picked up one like that for 19.50 from Grocery Outlet, it too was marked down from 34 bucks. I bought it first week of May 2019

  31. Just went out and bought 2 more, I'll give as gifts. 20bucks each from Grocery Outlet, May 25th 2019

  32. HeY John , there's got to be a way to
    turn the gain down on your recording
    Love those Walmart green houses 20.00
    in the spring . Shower curtains are the boss
    wayback in the daylol.

  33. I had one like this, the plastic connectors will break in the slightest wind. Not a very good greenhouse if you get any wind at all. And, the shelves, don't put much of anything on them, unless you want your plants on the ground spilled out of their pots. The one I had was smaller and lower to the ground, and it would've been fine IF the plastic connectors would've been a lot stronger. The metal parts are fine, it's the connectors that are weak and brittle.

  34. You published this in December. Did you buy in December? I am wondering how long I should be waiting to look for a deal. Thanks!

  35. FYI this greenhouse is still available, albeit at the higher price.

  36. Anytime anyone says, "Anyone can do it," I know I am in trouble, lol.
    I'm gonna finish the video now. I tend to comment as I go so I can ask questions with time stamps to make it easier. This looks like a good idea though. It is smart to wait and get things even cheaper.

  37. Looks pretty straightforward. I have an aloe plant that I bought last year. Already, it has three babies and has grown to almost 40 inches tall and 35 or so inches wide. It isn't leggy. It is robust and not stopping at all. I'm not sure what genes/DNA this thing has, but one of the big aloe making companies should look into it, lol.

    I need some way to have a spot for it inside when cooler weather gets here this fall. I need to be able to keep it away from the cats mostly. I was thinking of building it a custom cage with screen door wire mesh as the sides, because this is for indoors. Looking at this though, it looks must simpler and cheaper if I could find the Lincoln Logs pieces somewhere, somehow. I wonder if plain ol' plumbing PVC pipes and fittings would do. I could add to it and reuse it outside with some plastic for a real greenhouse later on.

    Thank you for the video. I'm looking for ideas and this gave me an idea I think will be cheaper and simpler.

  38. Great. Thanks man. I first time see your video. I am from north part of India. I grow my wheat grass in open but in ranny season, it all got disturbed. I want a small green house.
    Thanks for such a informative video.

  39. Great. What I expected to find was how to MAKE a greenhouse for under 20$ and this is instead a video of how to assemble a clearance rack greenhouse kit. Cool. Disappointed, John. Disappointed.

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