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The Essential Gardening Tool Kit (page 11 of 11)

While a good-quality set of tools will not do the work for you, they certainly make gardening tasks easier and more enjoyable than attempts made using inferior or unsuitable products.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Half Liter Bottle Makes Effective Garden Cloche

Homemade cloches are effective.

Types of Cloches

  • Plastic tunnel cloches: Ideal for protecting whole rows, these light cloches are easy to move but need to be well secured once in place.
  • Homemade cloches: The top halves of clear plastic beverage bottles make ideal cloches because the open tops provide good ventilation.
  • Glass lantern cloches: Handsome and practical, the lid can be lifted and turned to allow air to circulate inside.
  • Plastic bell cloches: These must be pegged down to stop them from blowing away, but are versatile and cheap.

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Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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