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Portable Lath House

This airy shelter can be moved wherever you need to shield tender plants or seedlings from full sunlight until they're established.


  • 1-by-2-inch wood
  • Wood glue
  • Saw
  • Finishing nails
  • Two galvinized butt hinges
  • 1-inch screws


  1. Step 1

    Cut four pieces of standard 1-by-2-inch wood to a length of 28 inches long to make the shelter's legs.

  2. Step 2


    Cut more 1-by-2 or standard lath strips to 36-inch lengths; using wood glue and finishing nails, attach to legs 1 inch apart along the entire length. (We used a 1-inch piece of wood as a spacer to align strips without having to measure.)

  3. Step 3

    Join the two lath panels with two galvanized butt hinges, attaching them to the legs with 1-inch screws.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2002

Reviews (1)

  • mcgreen 30 Apr, 2010

    This is great info. I tried aclimating seedlings by putting them on the deck for a couple of hours in the early morning and still they got burned. We have some old wooden lattice that I'm going to adapt to these instructions instead of making the lath. Thanks!