When you're starting seeds or planting seedlings, it's important to protect them from the elements as they begin to grow. A cloche is a type of cover that you can use to do just that.
Essentially, a cloche is a small, portable greenhouse that creates a microclimate around your plants, shielding them from wind, rain, and cold temperatures. This can help your seedlings grow faster and stronger, and can increase your chances of success with your garden.
There are a few different types of cloches that you can use.
Make your own out of a plastic bottle or bag. To do this, simply cut off the bottom of the bottle or bag, and place it over your seedling. You can then secure the edges of the cloche with soil or rocks to keep it in place.
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Purchase a cloche from a garden center. There are many different styles available, from small, individual cloches that fit over a single plant to larger ones that cover an entire row. Some cloches are made of glass, while others are made of plastic or fabric.
Regardless of what type of cloche you use, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your seedlings stay healthy and happy.
First, make sure that your cloche is well-ventilated to prevent overheating and mold growth. You can achieve this by propping open the top of the cloche during the day or by using a cloche with adjustable vents.
Additionally, be sure to remove the cloche on warm, sunny days to prevent your plants from getting too hot.
Finally, keep an eye on your seedlings and water them as needed, as cloches can trap moisture and cause plants to become waterlogged.
By using a cloche to protect your seedlings, you can give them a head start and increase your chances of a successful garden season.
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