Tuesday, June 29, 2010

TEOTWAWKI Style Greenhouse

I was snooping around the web the other day, looking for sources of greenhouse plastic when I came across this article.

How to Build an Inexpensive Hoop-Style Greenhouse

and a follow-on article.

An Inexpensive, Hail Proof, PVC Pipe Greenhouse

I am thinking that with the crappy weather we have been experiencing in the PNW that a series of small greenhouses using Sq. Ft. gardening techniques may well be the only way to assure myself of being able to raise large amounts of food. It has been wet and cold right up to the 2nd day of summer, with only a few nice days sprinkled in here and there.

Polyethylene Film Installation

Sources for 4 and 6 mil greenhouse plastic:


http://www.specialtyplasticsheeting.com/greenhouse-sheeting-c-3.html (10 mil)



There is more. Just do a Goggle search for "6 mil Greenhouse plastic"

Now this may be the wave of the future as climate change becomes cooler and wetter. Stock up on the plastic if you can, or perhaps try a Geodesic Greenhouse.

Geodesic Domes are not cheap! But they are a longer term solution to plastic! If you get a large enough dome, you could even live inside of it, so you would only be heating one space in the winter and cooling with AC your living quarters during the summer.

33 ft. Diameter Greenhouse Kit:
850 square feet of floor area.
Height 14 ft. 10in.
Fresh produce for 8 to 10 people.
Complete Greenhouse Kit with:
Premium multi-wall glazing   $17,800.00

Other sizes, both larger and smaller are available.

Plans for a simple geodesic greenhouse or shed.

Build a Geodesic Dome Solar Greenhouse to Grow Your Own Food (Slideshow)

Happy Gardening!


  1. I like the PVC pipe greenhouse idea. Easily erected, and easily transportable. Unfortunately the plastic sheathing doesn't live too long in the south Texas sun and heat. Storing it during the summer doesn't help either, unless it's in an air conditioned space. I'm liking the PVC frame for SHTF shelter too...

  2. All the 6 mil I see advertised has a 4 year guarantee, with some allegedly lasting as long as 8 years.

    If you were to double the size of the greenhouse and buy some of the white plastic to cover the extension, you could live in half and grow food in the other.

    A small wood stove in the living portion would heat both halves during the winter allowing you to grow year round in most climates.

    Lots of possibilities here.