Snapped: Spring cloches

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I have a rather savvy neighbour who scours yard and tag sales for items that can be used as cloches for her veggies. She has used punch bowls, glass jars, milk jugs, juice containers and even cocktail glasses! A cloche is simply a mini greenhouse that shelters crops from inclement weather (cold, snow, hail, frost) and is typically used for days or weeks. It’s not long-term protection, but can be very handy when a frost warning has just been issued. In spring, I use cloches to create a microclimate around salad greens and newly planted tomatoes, peppers and eggplant seedlings. Keep in mind that cloches will need to be vented if the temperature is mild or the sun is shining. Take a look around your garden shed (or wine cupboard) to see what items you can upcycle into a clever cloche

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6 Responses to Snapped: Spring cloches

  1. Sue Gilmore says:

    I have been saving family size Welch’s grape juice bottles all winter. It’s our favorite juice. I am saving them for those nights when Michigan weather springs a chilly surprise on us.

    • Another great idea! And those will make good sized cloches too! Take photos and feel free to tag us on Facebook/twitter if you post them. We’d love to see your clever cloches!

    • savvygardening says:

      Another great idea! And those will make good sized cloches too! Take photos and feel free to tag us on Facebook/twitter if you post them. We’d love to see your clever cloches! Niki

  2. Christine Hanham says:

    I like using the clear plastic containers that cored pineapples are packaged in at the super duper grocery store!

    • Oh so smart! I haven’t tried those.. I have used those square/rectangular salad containers with excellent success.. Thanks for sharing! Niki

    • savvygardening says:

      I’ve never thought of that! Great idea Christine! I do like using those rectangular salad containers, but I will be putting your suggestion to use! Niki

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