A cloche is designed to save young plants from too much water or frosty mornings. I also have an issue with the neighbours cat digging up bulbs. These plastic bottles as cloches work out as a win-win situation.
I also do not want to spend money either. So my parameters are zero waste and zero cost!
These rock as you can use them year on year. I want to use a successional planting plan so when the plants are mature enough I can move them on to the next. All you need are friends who drink lots of soda. Then ask them to visit and bring their recycling with them. Honestly my friends in no way think that I am weird!
Cloche YouTube video
I have made a short video outlining cutting the top of the bottle.
Like all of my videos this is a little bit double chin happy, but you get the idea. Please be careful with your knife use, as ever cut away from yourself and keep all digits out of the way!
Planting using a cloche
I have also popped a short video together for how to use them in the garden too,
I do prefer the second video, just for keeping myself out of the way! You can use the cloche for bulbs and seeds. They really protect your seeds from birds as well because the way they catch the light puts them off a lot. It also means you can control the amount of water they receive. Plus they stay lovely and warm, vital during these unpredictable Spring nights.
For more gorgeous ideas of how to help your seedlings have a look at Sprouting Seeds and how this can increase yield.
So this is cost free and there is no reason why you shouldn’t give this a go!
Have a bit of fun with your not too confident friends by getting them involved with Seed Paper Wedding Favours
They wont be able to resist them I promise.