It’s the end of April and we still have the occasional frost/freeze advisories in our area (Zone 5). One way to protect a tender plant or seedling is to cover it with a cloche. Typically, these are made of glass and can be rather expensive. Recently, though, I’ve seen this great idea to make your own cloche, so I thought I’d share the idea here on my blog. Now, of course, if you have many seedlings or large beds to protect, consider using row covers or even bed sheets to keep the frost at bay. Anyway, here are the ‘directions’ to make your own cloche…again, I didn’t invent this, just sharing the idea.
The cloche acts as a mini-greenhouse. If temperatures continue to hover near freezing for several nights in a row, you can leave the cloche in place–just remove the cap to allow for air circulation during the day. When placing the cloche, dig it in just a bit so it doesn’t blow over. Remember to close up the cloche at night. A simple solution that works!