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- 13-03-2008, 01:12 PM #1
Making home made cloche's??
What the best thing to use to make the hoops for a home made cloche?
I am going to use the old polytunnel cover for the plastic but not sure what to use for the hoops, I could use 15mm copper pipe but I am sure there is something cheaper out there.
- 13-03-2008, 02:33 PM #2
I use bamboo canes and cut up hose pipe, the canes want to be about a foot and a half long, stick them half way in the ground about 2 feet apart in a row, now stick in another row parallel to your first, wide enough for your crop to sit inbetween the rows. I used an old hosepipe that was full of holes, stick the pipe over your first cane and shove it right down the cane (can push it a little into the earth for more stability) then bend it over to meet your matching cane on the other side to make your first hoop. See where you need to cut the pipe in order for it to be shoved onto the other cane (again, right down to the earth). Now cut all the rest of your pipe into the same length and you can go along making your hoops. I do this every year and it works a treat. If I've not explained this very well then let me know and I'll have another at explaining it! I also use rolls of chicken wire and bamboo canes. First take 2 6' canes, unroll your chicken wire and tie one cane to one long side of the wire, all the way down, then do the same on the other side of the chicken wire with the other cane. Then take 2 shorter pieces of cane (about 14" long) and again tie these on using wire across the shorter length at the far ends of the chicken wire, when you come to tie on the second side you'll need to pull up your chicken wire to make your tunnel shape. Tie it in place on the other side and this will keep the shape of the tunnel. You can then cover this with fleece or plastic and because they are quite rigid they are really easy to move around. Hope this all makes sense! Good luck
- 13-03-2008, 02:34 PM #3
the blue poly water pipes are what everyone on our site uses. i'm lucky enough to know someone who works for a golf course irrigation company who gives me offcuts, but you can buy it from builders merchants or hunt around skips.Kernow rag nevra
Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.
- 13-03-2008, 04:03 PM #4
how big the cloches ?
because I use simple plastic bottles with the bottom cut. I also made a small tunnel-like cloche using 5l water bottle : cut on the length, and attached them together I get a metre long tiny tunnel, just big enough for my small coz lettuce!
- 13-03-2008, 04:09 PM #5
I use the blue water pipe too. You can cut it to length with secateurs. I hold my hoops in place with lengths of dowel, just like Eden uses bamboo. The advantage of dowel is that you can buy the precise diameter to fit the pipe, and I like to drill holes in the sides of my raised beds and hammer in the dowel, so it's sticking up vertically. This is a project in this month's GYO if you want to see in more detail.Resistance is fertile
- 13-03-2008, 04:50 PM #6
- 13-03-2008, 05:24 PM #7
Freshly cut hazel or chestnut works well too (but doesn't last more than one season)
- 13-03-2008, 09:22 PM #8
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