Cloche’s V Cold Frames
Have been having a think..As you do.
Like most i have tended to follow the normal path of raising plants for outdoor use inside, then hardening them off in the cold frame and finally planting them in place after a week or so. Errrrrr ..Why ??
Could there be a trick being missed or not being pushed more ? Our old friend The Cloche. It is after all a multi tasking…..portable….soil warming and plant protecting device that I use more and more compared to a static Cold frame these days. Take the Runner beans i planted out some 3 weeks ago into a bed pre warmed by cloches …. no hardening off in a cold frame and they are doing marvellously. They are getting there roots into the soil they will stay in from the get go, and i can take the cloches away over a period of time thus introducing them to the unprotected environment where they have a root system strong and best able to support them selves.
Now i know its not posable to cover all things due to size and scale, (polly tunnels are perfect for that )but i would suggest that the Humble Cloche is able to do a effective job when applied and possibly cutting out that intermediate stage between Greenhouse and open ground on more occasions than we tend to think off.
Long Live The Cloche .