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fixing fleece / closches


My students want to build closches to protect their seedlings, but are stumped as to how to attach the fleece to the wire arches.

Does anyone know of a weatherproof glue that will stick fleece to itself/bamboo?

Thanks so much for your help,

Sarah. xx


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,405

    I don't attach it to the wire arches, drape it smoothly over them and then pin the fleece to the ground using either tent pegs or special metal hooks for that sort of thing, sold also for pinning down weed suppressant fabric. I suppose you could use clothes pegs!

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • So sorry to be pedantic, but it's cloche not closche. Just thought it should be right if you're teaching, Sarah, I'm not usually the spelling police!image

    I use a combination of pegging the fleece to the ground, pinning it down with old bricks, and attaching with clothes pegs if it flaps about. Doesn't look elegant, but works!

    I've got a commercial version where the fleece has had channels stitched across it, and the wire arches are threaded through these. Could be a combined sewing and gardening lesson!

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    you can buy 5m cloches at poundland for a £1

  • Really???!!! Even if they only last a season, that sounds amazing!

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Sarah, if you are using wire arches, where do you intend to use the bamboos?

    You don't say the age of your students, but try to ensure that most of your crops mature during term-time.  It is a shame if you have to leave the garden in the summer just as you have usable crops.

    The only comment I would make about metal pins (cheap in a camping shop) is that they make holes in the fleece which shortens its life considerably.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Yes that is true landgirl, bought 2 the other day, can't turn a bargain down like that, and fleece 5m for a £1.

  • Homemade cloches.

    I cut 4 lengths of hosepipe each about a metre long and put short lengths of bamboo cane into each end and push them into the ground a couple of feet apart to make "hoops". Then I drape the fleece or clear plastic over the hoops and hold the edges down with bricks or scrumple them up and peg into place. Works for me. image

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