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.
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 link: Click 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.