Land & Garden

The Indispensable Milk Jug Cloche

clochesThis week’s strong cold front on the cusp of April necessitated a lot of scrambling around with regard to the spring crops. It is also as good a time as any to regurgitate practical use #27 of empty milk jugs: mini plant cloches. If you don’t already have some kind of cold frame, this is probably the cheapest and easiest way to protect seedlings from frost, and finally provides some justification for the old jugs you won’t throw away.

Cut out the bottom and put it over the plant. Determine the best way to keep it from blowing away, whether that is to attach some kind of stake to it (popsicle stick etc) or something else. Since I have a lot of them in sequence, I just run a narrow tomato stake through the handles which weighs them down enough to keep them stationary.┬áBecause they’re opaque you can leave them in place during the daytime if you want without roasting the plant. Remove the cap for some air circulation. They won’t last forever as the plastic eventually gets brittle if left in the sun, but this shouldn’t be a long-term solution anyway and there will always be more jugs.

OK, back to covering plants. Carry on.

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