We are always looking for opportunities for our departments at Forge Arkansas to work together. Here’s a great example, makerspace and local food network…combine! An easy, 30-45 minute project, that turns a few items from your local hardware store and a wood pallet into a greenhouse. It is easily broken down for storage and with the materials you purchase/gather, you can make several of them. So gather your friends, neighbors and fellow community gardeners and build something.
- wooden pallet x 1
- disassembled wooden pallet x 1
- 1/2” x 12” wooden dowel rods x 4
- 5’ of 3/4” PVC pipe x 4
- 4’ of 3/4” PVC pipe x 1
- 3/4” 3-way elbow PVC connector x 2
- 10’ x 11’ 3.5mil plastic sheeting x 1
- binder clips x 3
- 2” wood screws or nails x 12
1. Gather two pallets. Always ask for permission before taking pallets.
2. Drill a hole at each corner to insert 1/2” dowel rods into.
3. Insert dowel rods, hammer in if necessary.
4. Assemble PVC and connectors to resemble a tent frame.
5. Slide one side of the frame over the dowel rods.
6. While holding the top of the frame securely, bend the frame and slide the remaining side over the dowel rods.
7. Wrap plastic sheeting over the top and then around the ends of the frame (secure temporarily with tape if needed).
8. Place boards from extra pallet around all 4 sides with screws or nails, securing the plastic in place.
9. Use binder clips or spring clamps to hold ends closed, remove to access greenhouse or ventilate.