Make a frame using 2”x 2” timber. The width of the frame should match the width of your bed. The length can be 3 or more metres. Drill holes through the sides at 50cm intervals on each side wide enough to hold a strong flexible pipe. I use the plumbing pipe. Then cover with bionet and fix it onto the frames. If you wish you could have extra holes drilled through the frame for pegs to further support the cloche especially in windy areas.
It’s crucial though to use bionet rather than clear plastic. Most cloches are covered with clear plastic, but you will have to ventilate every day and water regularly and then when you finally remove it your poor plants will get quite a shock. With the bionet you don’t force your plants too much, but they are safe from strong winds. The rain will get through it so there is no need to water your plants.
We all know how important it is to harden off our transplants before planting them out. With the help of a cloche they will establish much more reliably. For hardening off purposes I’d keep the cloche on for about two weeks.
Date: 6-7th July 2019
Venue: Galway Garden Festival at the Claregalway Castle.
It’s the 10th festival with food, craft, music, street theatre and a medieval tournament. Joy Larkcom, Matthew Jebb and many other exciting speakers will be present during the weekend.
For more information:
Date: Saturday 7th September 2019
Venue: Featherfield Farm, Lullymore, Co. Kildare
Course: Complete Gardening Course with Klaus Laitenberger
This course is suited for anyone who plans to start a food garden. Heated classroom sessions on crop planning, rotations and tips on which crops are best suited for the small garden.
All courses begin at 9:30am tea/coffee. 10am course start. 11:30am tea/coffee. 1:30pm light lunch of soups & breads. Courses finish at 4:30pm with tea/coffee. Facilities include parking, toilets, heated classroom & farm shop.
To book phone 045 903100, 087 624 0811.
Date: Saturday 14th September – Sunday 15th September 2019
Venue: Ourganic Gardens, Co. Donegal
Course: Complete Organic Gardening Weekend with Klaus Laitenberger
Contact: Joanne Butler 087 1789971 or email: [email protected]
Date: Saturday 21st September 2019
Venue: Dalkey Garden School
Course: Winter Vegetable Gardening
Contact: Annmarie 087 2256365
Date: Saturday 28st September 2019
Course: Grow your own organic vegetables
Contact: Mary Marsden email: [email protected]
Date: 18th – 20th October 2019
Gardening Weekend at Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara
The weekend programme will include an introductory evening, several demonstrations and workshops, a visit to Kylemore Abbey Victorian Walled Gardens guided by the head gardener, nightly in house entertainment, and complimentary use of on-site facilities.
More info and booking: Tel: 095 46100
Date: Tuesday 5th Nov – Wednesday 6th Nov 2019
Venue: Midland’s Park Hotel, Portlaoise
Bio-Farm 2019 – Ireland’s Second Biological Farming Conference.
Early booking is essential as last year’s conference sold out very quickly. Have a look at www.nots.ie or contact Sean on [email protected]
Job Opportunity at the Irish Seed Savers:
A vacancy for an Education Officer at the Irish Seed Savers in Scariff, Co. Cork is now available. For more information have a look at:
Please have a look at a blog from Sustainable Skerries about the effects of aminopyralid damage via compost.