Garden Cloches


 Garden Cloches


  The timber for our Wooden Garden Cloches is all from renewable sources. Our pine is from Scandinavia. Our Cedar and Oak is from  Britain.  We design and manufacture our own range of cloches as well as offering a selection  from other manufacturers.
    In temperate climates,  the earliest crops have to be sown in a heated greenhouse  or indoors under lights,  but the sowing dates of many vegetables  can be brought  forward  by at least a month by using cloches outside, with
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 Garden Cloches


  no heating. After raising an early crop, cloches  can  be used to cover tender  vegetables  like squashes, beans and tomatoes. Since you will harvest these well before outside-sown  crops are ready, you will be eating them while shop  prices are still high. Then, at the end of the season, the cloches
can be used again to grow late  vegetables  when those in the outside garden  are finished.  Once you have used cloches you will not want to be without them.
 
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  Cloches  are most useful  for early planting multiple-sown seedlings or early  sowings. If your soil is heavy, start by incorporating well-rotted  compost  or peat into the top few inches. This will help to aerate the soil and warm it up.  Later, it  helps retain moisture.  If you are using peat, rake in blood, fish and bone meal at about two handfuls per square metre.
      Position the cloche over the ground to be used about a month before sowing and planting, which should start in late winter. Be sure to measure the soil temperature- which should be 7 degrees before planting anything. The soil under the cloche will dry out faster than the open the ground because the structure keeps the rain out, so make sure you water by hand when necessary. If you can, install a length of seep or perforated, hose along the length of cloche so you only have to fit the end to the garden hose and leave it to water itself.
 
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