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    Default Mdpe water pipe cloche

    Is there a thread on building these?
    What diameter of pipe.
    What length the hoops.
    Thinking of carrots, dwarf beans, potatoes (early protection)
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    Hi Jimmy,

    I found this link below. I personally use both 20mm and 25mm one obviously stronger but less flexible than the other. The length of pipe will depend on the width of bed you are covering. Also some people push the ends of pipes into the ground and some insert canes or other spikes in the pipe and push that into the ground which can alter the length you need. Most of my beds are around 120cm to 140 wide and I have various hoop lengths from 2m to 2.5 m and longer depending on the height of crop I'm trying to protect.

    https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...ted_63036.html

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    I see Kristen has commented on that thread, his blog has easy instructions https://kgarden.wordpress.com/2009/0...ite-butterfly/
    It is what I followed to make mine, I got 32mm pipe for free, so that's what mine are made of, they took a bit of persuading to bend at first, but now they are fine
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    You can use 1" to 2" cuttings as clips. Just split\cut the pipe length ways and sandwich net, plastic etc .
    3 clips per hoop. helps to retain the shape.


    Clips pop on and off if you need to open it up.

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    Thanks for the info, will read up on the links.
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    Just to say I've found that canes rot and snap off inside the pipe, which can be a bit tricky. I wonder what else I could use? I've had to bodge with stakes driven in beside the pipes (this is for my brassica cage, so bigger and more at risk from wind than a cloche tunnel) and cable ties, which isn't a great solution.

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    I have some metal 'canes' like these, https://www.plasticsbypost.co.uk/pla...pack-837-p.asp

    You'd have to shop around for cheapest though

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