Homemade cloches

Do you have a lot of transparent PET bottles?  More than can be used as water bottles on your kids’ camps?  You can of course put them into the recycling bin but here’s a way of giving them one more chance to be useful before they get recycled.

I have just learned that these seedling protectors are called cloches which is a French word meaning “bell”.  With that in mind, you will be able to imagine how to make these homemade cloches.  Very easy.  Just cut off the bases and place them over your seedlings!  If there’s no risk of overheating (like in the middle of winter without freak weather), you can place the lid on to keep the plant warm.  Otherwise, it’s important to have ventilation when the sun comes out.  Either remove the lid or just the cloche.

Apart from keeping the plants warm when you need to, they also shelter them from harsh weather like hailstorms and protect from pests.  I used the cloches mainly for the latter!

When the weather warms up and the cloches are no longer needed until the next season (unless you have many pests like I do, grrr!), you can store them by threading them onto a bamboo stick.  If any are worn out, then just recycle them.



  1. Hi Karen!

    Great post. I’ve just made the connection! I knew your name sounded familiar on RipeNear.me (I bought some lovely limes from your son) . I’ve been meaning to come along to the food swap for months. I’ll have to drag myself along.



    • Yes! That’s us and we swap limes too if you need some more 🙂 My son thinks you’re part of Whitehorse Showtime, are you? Hope to see you at the next swap 5th July!


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