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Cloches increase soil temperature in hours

Posted Jan 21 2010 1:19am

Research by PoshCloche shows that cloches increase soil temperature in a matter of hours.  This is good news for vegetable gardeners as it was previously thought that  cloches should be in place for 2 weeks before planting.

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PoshCloche, took a series of soil temperature measurements in December 2009. The tests, carried out at a depth of 5cm, revealed that the soil warmed by 1.5 ºC in the first 5 hours of the trial.  Details of the experiments can be found by clicking this linkClick Temperature Trial

Cloches are a great tool for vegetable gardener:

  • giving extra protection against cold & windy weather
  • extending the season by bringing sowing earlier & lengthening the growing season
  • increasing soil temperature

PoshCloche provide a selection of cloches for the small vegetable gardener and allotment holder.  Their recent work showing that cloches increase soil temperature in hours, rather than weeks, will interest all vegetable growers.

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