Make Your Own Cloche - from whatever you think might work

Make your own cloche out of whatever you think might let sunlight through, provide protection for the plants, and offer reasonable convenience for the hard working gardener - you.

I've used clear plastic tarps, soda bottles, water bottles and even plastic glasses. They all work well for specific applications.

Most of the small ones are good for seedlings. Clear plastic tarps work well for beds and larger plantings. What can be used for taller plants that you might want to single out?

This is exactly what I want to address in this discussion. Sometimes your ingenuity can help you discover applications for things that you might not normally consider.

Barrel liners in use in Greenhouse #1.

I use half barrels as raised beds for some of my vegetables. I find them to be convenient, easy to make and very useful, especially for plants like peppers, eggplant and tomatoes that grow up tall in a small area.

My challenge was to find a cloche that would fit the barrels. Perhaps you could make your own cloche to fit the barrels, but making something round and tall would appear to be quite a challenge.

So, I started thinking about alternatives that might be well suited to the steel barrels.

I'm not too familiar with barrel related products, but I recall there being barrel liners, so I went on an investigative mission to find clear barrel liners.

Lo and behold, there they were, offered by several manufacturers. And, it didn't take long for me to have a nice set of them for my own use in the greenhouse garden #1.

They're not UV protected, but they ought to serve me well for several winter seasons, offering me a greenhouse within a greenhouse for tall individual plants. And, as you can see, they work just fine to cover a plant in a wide bed as well.

Done with Make Your Own Cloche, back to Cold Frames

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.