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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:08 pm    Post subject: Maxi-cloche Reply with quote

I finally got around to finishing off the Maxi-cloche. Hopefully, it will keep cabbage white butterflies and carrot fly at bay, together with birds, cats etc. the cloche can easily be lifted clear of the bed or it can be propped up on one side, for working.
The photos show the construction details; I'll use pairs of screw eyes with 6" nails through them to stop the wind blowing it away. However, one of the good things about using the Biomesh is that it provides less wind resistance than polythene, important in my windy site. And it will lessen the wind's effects on the plants.
When fitting the mesh cover, I used strips of left over butyl pond liner to reinforce the stapling. I also used bits of it to pad the ends of the bamboo ridge pole so it won't chafe the mesh. I always knew those left overs would come in handy.
I have Biomesh left over, so I may make some smaller cloches, to fit across my beds, to see how they work out. They will be easier to store away. When designing the cloche I thought about having it de-mountable, for storage, but gave up on the idea. It would be too complicated for my very basic skills.



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Fixing the water pipe hoops
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Fixing the 'ridge' brace with a lashing (don't forget your frapping turns, all you ex-scouts and guides! )
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ingenious. If you took that idea on the road to a hot country like america you could install drippers or misters in the wavin pipe then hook up to a timed water outlet.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've discovered the downside to cloches like this: inspecting my cabbages, kale and calabrese the other day, I saw that the cabbages were being attacked by aphids. The attack was quite severe though I now have it under control.
The Enviromesh that was so good at providing shelter etc was excluding, not only Cabbage Whites and Small Whites, but also hover flies, ladybirds, tits and other aphid predators! I'm now using netting to keep butterflies at bay. I'll be more circumspect about how I use the cloche next year.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent design. I'd be very proud of that if I'd done it. The exhillaration of achieving something when you start off with few skills is particularly rewarding.

For your aphids boil up some rhubarb leaves, strain off the liquid into a household spray gun (obviously when cold) and spray them with it. Watch them drop off.

Well done again.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good and well made. Well done.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, folks. Pity I put the rhubarb leaves in the compost bin when I picked some for my chutney.
Next year though.........
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