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Cloche Sowing Speeds Harvest

Get a jump on spring by sowing half-hardy greens and some root crops under the protection of a cloche. This season-extending tool consists of a sheet of clear plastic draped over a tunnel made of plastic hoops. Planting under a cloche can speed up germination and growth. These plants can be ready for harvest three to five weeks before the same plants sown outside.

Some plants to try:

  • Asian Greens
  • Arugula
  • Carrots, Baby
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Mustard
  • Radish

Cloches are also used to harden off transplants and to warm the soil before planting.

Contact the Garden Hotline for more information or to get custom answers to your specific questions, (206) 633-0224. Get more information on organic gardening topics in Tilth Alliance’s Maritime Northwest Garden Guide or Your Farm in the City.