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Poor man's cloche

Discussion in 'Indoor & Greenhouse Gardening' started by catjac1975, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Apr 16, 2012
    catjac1975

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    Here is a system that I have been using for many years. Two cedar tree posts. wire strung between, a soaker hose, and a sheet of clear plastic tented over the wire. I prepare the soil, plant my seedlings. (Squashes shown.) The sides of the plastic are buried to hold them in place. This will hold unless you have extreme wind. I will keep this on until the end of May , lifting once or twice for weeding. My plants will be ready to bear fruit shortly after. I will plants seeds in a few weeks, and again in the middle of July. I get 3 consecutive planting in to keep us in squash all season. Easy and cheap.


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  2. Apr 16, 2012
    thistlebloom

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    That looks like a good system Cat. I had a couple little hoopies last year, but I'll need more this year. I think I'll give your method a go, then I won't have to buy more pipe.

    I'm very impressed with the size of that black and gold sprout you have there :)
  3. Apr 16, 2012
    digitS'

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    I have been hoping that. .

    . we would be able to see some of your garden, Cat :cool:.

    Thank you for posting the pictures.

    Steve
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    catjac1975

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    It's mostly just compost and seed. I'll photograph the greenhouse when the grandkids are sleeping.
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    chris09

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    cat,
    Dont let you wife see what you did to her close line. :D
    I used a set up like that a few times to get extra early green beans, they work great.


    Chris
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    catjac1975

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    I'm the wife-that's old wire.
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  7. Jul 6, 2012
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    catjac1975

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    Here's how big they are with out the cloche.
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    digitS'

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    If my gardens weren't at such a distance from my home . . . this, that or another cloche would make so much sense to me!

    I set up one of my hoopies in the closest garden about 10 years ago. We had an early bit of hot, sunny weather. I cut half-moons in the plastic so that it could vent the heat. Being there early and late and mid-day - every day just wasn't possible. It still worked quite well to help the plants get an earlier start.

    Cathy, my squash plants look about like your outside-the-cloche plants.

    Steve
  10. Jul 6, 2012
    so lucky

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    Amazing difference. Good demonstration, Cat. Your garden looks very lush. My lonely little hill of squash looks like your outside one, too.:/

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