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Friday, March 2, 2018

Berry Cloche Tutorial

Given how well my Lupine seedlings did under my berry bottom cloches, and the interest in them in the comments, I thought I'd post a more detailed explanation of how I make them.

Start with a lidded plastic berry container, empty of course.

Cut the lid off and discard it

That leaves you with a cloche that has a lip all the way around -- make sure you use a berry container that has drainage holes

Cut off the two narrow ends of that lip of the berry container bottom

Then take a hole punch

Use the hole punch to punch a hole in both ends of the cloche

One tine of the earth staple goes through the hole to hold the berry cloche to the ground -- it's enough to keep it from blowing away

Now that the berry bottom has been flipped and is being used as a cloche, the drainage holes let in rain and air, and will allow hot air out on warm sunny days to keep the air inside from overheating.

And that's how I turn a plastic berry container into a cloche.


  1. How cool is that? No worries about breaking and they can be re-used for years.

  2. Maybe I'll try using those berry baskets over the Lotus, sweet peas, and other small plants being eaten by birds and other critters. I certainly go through enough berries to provide a supply of cloches.

  3. Genius! I've been saving up the clear tops from my Cherub tomatoes ( figuring they'll be good for protecting emerging seedlings. And I'm working on a Strawberry container a lot like yours, plastic must be good for something.

  4. That explain it. It's a great idea and evidently works. Does it matter which berries were in the container?
    Just kidding :-) Berries are good for the body, germinating seeds is good for the soul.

  5. When I used them right side up last year, with the lids, I was also using the big lettuce containers. So many things come in them now, which is unfortunate for packaging, but great for little greenhouses. Good tip about staking them. I'll have to dig around and see what I can come up with before heading out to buy any.


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