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The wood beams sound like a good idea.It would make it easier to move around with two people in segments of 1, 2 or more. I take it you mean across the bottom of the horseshoe shape?
In down time with a hothouse, the plastic maybe removed so the wind wont be a problem.
Sounds like you are a problem solver and regardless of any building skills can still achieve what you plan.:)
 
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Thanks! And yes, I would put the wood beams at the bottom of the horseshoe; I'm just not sure if it would be better to put them parallel to the mesh or use them across the bottom to connect the sides. I guess I'll just have to try and figure that out once I find the mesh.
 
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This system works great if you are not subject to high winds. I made one and was almost ready to start putting my plants in it when a big whirlwind went through my yard and set my new greenhouse in a stand of trees. I was devastated! Any additional attempts at a greenhouse were also destroyed by the winds.

I miss having a greenhouse, and wish I could afford a big one. I do have one suggestion: go bigger than the size you think you'll need. My ex built me an 8X10 and it wasn't big enough. Sadly that greenhouse is still in his yard and filled with junk. :(

The easiest way to build a tunnel without tools is to use Rio-weld mesh and cover with plastic. Weld-mesh is used for things such as concrete slabs. You can buy it in different hole patterns from hardware stores in 20 foot lengths by 8 feet wide. The holes are about 5" square. You bend it in a horseshoe shape very easily and just throw the plastic over it. The mesh cost about $70 a sheet and two joined together can give you a fair size hothouse without using too many tools. You would need to work out how to cover the ends allowing for an entrance and ventilation.

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This system works great if you are not subject to high winds. I made one and was almost ready to start putting my plants in it when a big whirlwind went through my yard and set my new greenhouse in a stand of trees. I was devastated! Any additional attempts at a greenhouse were also destroyed by the winds.

I miss having a greenhouse, and wish I could afford a big one. I do have one suggestion: go bigger than the size you think you'll need. My ex built me an 8X10 and it wasn't big enough. Sadly that greenhouse is still in his yard and filled with junk. :(

Wind is certainly a plastic hot houses enemy. It really depends on your location what to build. You can use lightweight building materials but you would need to reinforce the structure. I ended up using a pale coloured shade cloth as protection and it still works well as a hot house.
So true about size. Go as big as you can and you will have no regrets.
Shame you can't get one up and running.
 
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Anything you build will need to be weighted or fixed to the ground in some way to keep the wind from blowing it over, just like your house. I think the best thing to do in the short term is probably to build cold frame boxes and work your way up to a greenhouse.

Just a note, my aunt has a metal shed about the size of a small room in the back yard. It sits off the ground on a cement foundation and a small tornado came through the neighborhood and shifted it off it's foundation.

Whatever you end up doing, make sure it's secured and weighted to the ground.
 
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The one I had to give up when I got divorced was made with aluminum tubing and covered with corrugated plastic. It was anchored into the ground with three foot wooden stakes. It was nice because it was about 7' high in the center. I will be patient and build one to my specs as soon as I can. :D
 
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I would really love to get a greenhouse. I worry that my cats might get trapped inside though. A friend of mine has a cat flap fitted on the door of her greenhouse, so I think I would do the same. Her cats don't touch the plants or sit on them. I think this is because she made a blanket bed for them in the corner! They love to sunbathe in there!
 
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I bought an inexpensive one on amazon. It's a 4x6. Works great so far though I have had much need for it as I got it at the hottest point in the summer.

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I have pictures of it assembled and set up (rather than the picture from the box above) if anyone is curious about it. I think it was like $90 on amazon. Not bad at all.
 
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I bought an inexpensive one on amazon. It's a 4x6. Works great so far though I have had much need for it as I got it at the hottest point in the summer.

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I have pictures of it assembled and set up (rather than the picture from the box above) if anyone is curious about it. I think it was like $90 on amazon. Not bad at all.

The one that I have is smaller than that; it's maybe 1 x 4, and at the moment it's a butterfly habitat. I was thinking of getting two more the same size, but I like the walk-in feature of yours. It certainly has a lot more room and I could get some of my taller plants in there as well if needed.
 
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Thanks! This looks like plenty of room for what I need for now. It doesn't get that cold for that long, but I have lost a couple plants to freezing temperatures before.
 
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I really like the recycled bottles idea. I will have to look up more on the subject. Hubby wants a greenhouse too. So much to do and so little time.
 
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My sweet hubby built me one out of mostly recycled materials, it is a "GREEN" green house. :D

Wow, this is so great. I will show these pictures to my hubby. We just bought a 10x8 greenhouse from Harbour Freight but I like your Greenhouse. We have not set up ours yet. This is so great... Thank you for sharing.
 
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I ended up with one similar to the one above in response #33. It actually has shelves on both sides, but it came in what seemed like 1000 pieces and immediately started to lean after I filled it. There was a freeze coming so I had to leave it up. Now I'm looking for a way to support the frame because it was such a good deal and it sort of works for me in the short term.
 
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Does anyone on here have a greenhouse? Have you got any pictures? I plan on getting a greenhouse at some point, my parents always meant to have one and then when I got really into gardening I wanted to get one to protect tropical plants on cold days but I still haven't managed it yet!

Seeing as I plan on getting many tropical/subtropical fruiting trees/shrubs/vines, I really want to get one soon and am trying to figure out what size I want it to be and what materials I want it to be made from, etc. I might even just get some pop up ones for the time being so they can be put up and taken down when necessary. Being in Florida, we don't get many freezes.
I've been looking for the simplest way to build a greenhouse and when I saw this video I thought to myself why didn't I think of that ! so genius !!
 
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I picked this one up for around $16 and will use it to get a jump on things this year. http://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/storage-buildings/greenhouses/4-shelf-greenhouse/p-1505644-c-10122.htm Not great quality but also not much more than those little tray terrariums used for seed starting. Getting back onto having a real garden this year and don't want to do too much too soon in case I don't enjoy it like I used to.

If it works out well I may move on to something like this http://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/storage-buildings/greenhouses/planthouse-5-greenhouse-clear/p-1920544-c-10122.htm Fits into the space I have and would give me more than enough space to get a jump on things in the spring and keep things going farther into fall/early winter
 
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I was at Home Depot the other day and they actually have some small pre built green houses, I was really considering buying one, but I have to figure out what I want to grow in it first. Those are some great pictures.
 
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