How to Start Your Own Greenhouse


Starting your own greenhouse is quite simple. You can build your own from plans available on the Internet or purchase a kit to put one together. Once your greenhouse is in place, you can grow year-round or use it for season extension. Greenhouses can be set up for your personal use or to start a small plant business.

Step 1

Choose a place to build your greenhouse. The south side of your property is optimal as this will allow for more sunlight. Decide on a design that would suit both your chosen location and intended use. Construct the greenhouse.

Step 2

Install lighting, fans for ventilation and a watering system into your greenhouse. Install shelving units and tables. Leave 24-inch walkways between each row of shelves and tables to allow room to work. Check installations to ensure that lights, fans and the watering system are functional.

Step 3

Fill seed trays and pots with potting soil. Place seed trays in the middle of shelving units and young plants along top shelves. Mature plants need to be planted according to their light requirements. Top shelves will receive more light than lower shelves.

Things You'll Need

  • Greenhouse kit
  • Shelves
  • Table
  • Lighting
  • Fans
  • Pots
  • Potting soil
  • Seed trays
  • Watering system


  • West Virginia University

Who Can Help

  • Greenhouses
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About this Author

Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.