April 14, 2011

Creating a Hot House for Spring Plants

Spring has finally arrived in my Illinois garden!  The plants are popping through the soil and the weeds are already going crazy!  I lost a lot of plants last year, so I have to replenish some bare spots this year.  The cost of perennials continues to rise, just like everything else in our economy.  This year I decided to make my own hot house so that I can buy some much younger plants, which means cheaper, and give them a quick start.

We had replaced some bedroom windows last fall and the old windows were still sitting by the trash.  (I think Husband was having a hard time throwing them away!)  So I decided to upcycle them for my hot house!

I started by assembling my pieces and tools.  I needed long screws to go through both windows, my drill, drill bits, and screw heads.

I pre-drilled the holes for the screws.  Always choose a bit just a tiny bit smaller than your screws so they can grip the wood.
 Before assembling the windows, I placed the screws in all the holes until they were just peaking through the other side.  Since I was doing this by myself, I wanted the screws in place when I was ready to assemble.
 I lined up my windows out on the patio and began screwing the corners together.
 And voila!
As I was looking for the appropriate screws in my husband's workshop, I found this PERFECT top to fit the hot house--even though I had no idea what it was supposed to be!  Husband says it is a big screen TV protector, which we don't have!

So now I can't wait to go buy my cheap bare root plants to get them started a month earlier than when I can get them in the ground safely.  Yeehaw!!


  1. Great idea. My dad has always done something like this with old windows and started all the tomatoes and peppers and such for transplant and grew lettuce right in the hothouse. I've always wanted to do something like that here. You';; love it!

    {I will now be searching for old windows!}


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