A greenhouse is a useful tool for any home gardener, allowing you to expand your growing season and keep tender seedlings and plants protected from cooler weather. And while a beautiful greenhouse can certainly be a worthwhile investment (and look great too), they aren’t always the most budget-friendly of buys. 

The good news is that adding a greenhouse to your backyard doesn’t have to be expensive. With a few clever tricks you can create everything from some mini greenhouse ideas that are ideal for covering individual plants, to a recycled design that makes use of waste materials for a cozy spot for tender plants and crops.