At the Allotment - January
Barn and Tent cloches
These are "resting", waiting to be cleaned up used to cover seedlings and be used as mini-greenhouses for low-growing plants.
The ones in the foreground are Barn Cloches. They are more expensive because they use more glass, their profile means they can be sued almost up to the glass whereas the Tent Cloches in the background are really only for seedlings, and will probably be put in a line to protect a "drill".
The glass isn't too expensive, it will be toughened horticultural glass. The weight will help keep them anchored in windy weather.
The modern alternative is to use polycarbonate and plastic clips such as - these for barn cloches -
and - these for Tent Cloches -
although I think - this wooden, home made one -
is very clever.
There's also a relevant conversation on - Allotments 4 All -
that some people might find interesting and/or useful.
This series of pictures was taken at local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.
I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.
Picture taken 16th January 2009****
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