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Cloche/mini greenhouse made out of bubblewrap

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 14:01

I bought one of those cheap PVC 'mini greenhouses' as I'm sick of crowding all my seedlings onto windowsills. But as soon as we tried to stretch the plastic around the frame (should have known, given the £14.99 price tag) the thing split in several places. I can't be bothered sending it back for a refund and the frame itself is just the shape and size I want and is still usable, so I thought I'd cover it with something else so it didn't just go down as a complete waste of money and time. I thought bubblewrap might do the job. I know people use it to insulate proper greenhouses, but has anyone used it to make a complete cloche-type tent (this one is 2.2m long, 1m wide and 1m high)? Will it stand up to the wind on my hillside allotment? Does it let enough light in? I could salvage the panels of the original cover and (get my trusty, crafty girlfriend to) sew the panels to the bubblewrap to replace the ripped parts. Any tips?

Should my Shallots have Shoots?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 11:07

I planted mine even earlier than you saltski and have only just seen green shoots peeking through on one or two of them. I got worried and pulled one up and there was only a little bit of root growth but it was there. And the set itself was still sound and not rotitng or anything, so I suppose its just not been warm enough (I'm in Nottingham on the side of a windy hill). Keep the soil moist and be patient I reckon. If you're impatient (like me) cover with a cloche or something which will get them going.

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