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    no_akira is offline Seedling
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    Default Recycled bell cloche from industrial acrylic lamp shades !

    Found these in a skip, retrieved x6 to use as Bell Cloches for some of my sown direct seeds for this years plot

    Recycled bell cloche from industrial acrylic lamp shades !-lamp_shade_cloche_1c.jpgRecycled bell cloche from industrial acrylic lamp shades !-lamp_shade_bell_cloche_2c.jpg

    Made from Acrylic plastic.

    Last year I had a lot of success with growing climbing plants (eg beans) in a ring of 8 plants surrounded by a 14" bottomless pot. The pot acted as a mechanical barrier against "the onslaught" (slugs & snails). Once the plants established themselves I removed the pot barrier I then fanned them out along a frame.

    Thinking about pasting some reflective material on the inner surface of 1/3 of the bell cloche to act as a sun reflector ? Perhaps cover them in bubble wrap for insulation.
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    Nice find and re purpose
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    They come in 2 sizes, the ones in the photo which are 16" diameter as well as a 22". Which I didn't take as I just thought they were too big.

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    I would not add the reflective foil for fear of cooking the plants
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    Would only be using the cloches in the March / April time period with it slightly lower light levels and intensity... maybe

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    Possibly, but dont forget the refractive properties of the acrylic, try one with and one without perhaps
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    I would have thought shading the cloche would increase shade due to the angle.
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    It would just be a small, 6-10" semi circle patch pasted onto the inner south facing part of the shade to act as an extra mini reflector.

    Recycled bell cloche from industrial acrylic lamp shades !-inside_cloche_3c.jpg

    Strange thing about these acrylic translucent shades is they are deflecting light downwards. See above photo illustrating the light being bent downwards direction?
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