Small plastic hoop house: You can extend your growing season by planting in a hoop house. Shelly, from the blog Sow and Dippity, built a cute half hoop house with a simple wood frame, PVC poles, and plastic sheeting. Think of it as a demi-hoop house.
$150 small frame greenhouse: I saw this one, built by a Portland carpenter, on Hometalk.com. The small greenhouse is framed in inexpensive softwood, and covered in plastic sheeting. Shelves for holding pots and flats are built into the frame.
Glass window shelving — an alternative to a small greenhouse: This is a perfect option for apartment dwellers who do not have outdoor space. Mount glass shelves in a window frame, and place potted plants on the shelves. It's a way to use vertical space efficiently, and is removable for renters.
The bin greenhouse: This idea is from the Children and Animals Foundation. You can create a mini-greenhouse by planting in an ordinary clear plastic storage bin with a lid. Fill the bin with soil, and plant greens like lettuce in it. Support the lid with dowel rods, so that there is a gap that air can get in between the lid and the bin. Place the bin in a sunny place.
Chaya Kurtz writes for Networx.com.View original post.