The word cloche is french for bell. A garden cloche is a clear object used to cover plants and protect them from frost, while allowing sunlight through at the same time. Garden cloches may be small and bell-shaped, covering individual garden plants, but cloches can also be large transportable greenhouses covering several rows of garden vegetables at once. You don't need to buy a garden cloche at the store, you can make one by recycling or reusing materials you already have at home.
Things You'll Need:
- Used Plastic (either plastic film, or bottles, buckets and jugs
- Used Wood and Lumber
- Used Pipes
Step 1Save scrap lumber and plastic. Build a sturdy frame using the lumber, that will not blow away. The shape of a small tent works well for a row of garden plants. Wrap plastic around it and secure the plastic using a staple gun.
Step 2Cut the bottoms off plastic bottles, jugs and cartons. These make great garden cloches because they are the right size for individual plants and they can be gently tapped into the ground with a hammer. A large, clear bucket, such as an ice cream bucket, works well turned upside down.
Step 3Scraps of waxed paper, plastic wrap, or reused plastic film stretched around a frame of wood, wire, or stiff plastic can be used to create a makeshift garden cloche for your plants.