One of the most important things to remember when you are gardening is to make sure that your plants are well looked after and protected. Â There are lots of things that can effect how well your plants grow – cold weather, frost, heavy rain and even bugs! Â The more you can do to prevent your plants being damaged the better.
But how can I protect my plants?
Itâ€™s simple! Â You can make your very own â€˜Clocheâ€™!
OK, but what exactly is a Cloche?
A Cloche is something used as a cover and placed over plants.
Clocheâ€™s act like mini-greenhouses – they collect warmth from the sun during the day which warms the soil and keeps it warm at night. Â This is how Clocheâ€™s stop plants getting too cold when the temperature falls at night time. Clever eh?!
That is clever! Â So how do I make my own Cloche?
The best way to make your own Cloche is to reuse any recycled glass or plastic jars and bottles that you may have. Â Using something that is see-through is important because the soil under the Cloche needs light to help the plant grow.
I used an empty jam jar, a plastic cup, an empty bottle of squash and an empty bottle of water. Â I thought I would try different ideas see which worked the best. Keep a look out for see-through containers that could be recycled.
Making your Cloche:
1. Wash and remove any labels.
If you are using jars or cups that already have an open end then you can go to the next stage – â€˜Prepare Your Gardenâ€™. Â If you are using a plastic bottle you have just one more thing to do before it is ready for the garden.
Â 2. When you have washed and dried your bottle, you will need to get yourself a Grown-Up who can cut off the top with scissors.
Prepare Your Garden:
3. Now youâ€™re ready to get planting! Make sure the soil is loose using a trowel or fork.
4. Next, place your Clocheâ€™s upside and push them down into the soil so that you have made a circle mark – this is the area that you will plant your seeds in!
Plant Your Seeds:
5. Pour a few of your chosen seeds into the palm of your hand so that you donâ€™t have too many all in one go. Â Scatter them all over the circle and cover with a half centimetre layer of soil and firm down with your hand. If the soil is dry give them a sprinkle of water.
6. Finally, place your home-made Clocheâ€™s back over the circle and push down hard so that they are firmly in the ground. Â Now your seeds will be nice and snug and ready to start growing!
Remember: Your seeds will still need plenty of water to stop the soil drying out.
If you donâ€™t make a cloche many seeds can be started off in a pot on a sunny windowsill.
Don’t forget to send us a picture of your homemade cloches! You can write to us at: Seed H.Q, Studio 013, Netil House, 1a Westgate Street, London E8 3RL. Or you can email us here.
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