Barn Cloche




An old and well proven cloche.   These barn cloches - or more correctly, the Chase barn cloche - were used extensively in market gardening for fruit, vegetable and salad production before the advent of polytunnels.  They are ideal for growers with veg plots, allotments and if very lucky, walled kitchen gardens.  Each cloche provides a growing area of approximately 4 sq.ft (0.37 sq.m) with a max height to the apex of 19” (48m).

These are made by us in batches but are normally in stock.  They are a long term investment for the serious grower looking to produce early, top quality vegetables, fruit, salad crops and also cut flowers.  The more cloches that are purchased, the better the unit price.  

Material:

Each cloche A frame is made from untreated round bar mild steel and will naturally rust but give decades of service.  The two glazing clips and the ridge handle are made from high tensile spring steel which is galvanised for rust protection ensuring a long life.

The cloche frames are supplied by mail order and they can be purchased online here:

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The prices of the cloche frames includes  free delivery to all UK main post code areas.  The frames are delivered flat packed in a cardboard box with an assembly post and assembly instructions.  The prices are VAT inclusive.  Please ask if you need a VAT receipt.   

The glazing panes for the cloches are 3mm horticultural glass and each pane is 610 x 305 mm.  This is a standard sized piece of glass and the most economical.  The price depends on how many panes are bought but a set of four panes for a single cloche should cost no more than £20.  If multiple cloches are to be glazed, then the price will quickly fall.

Closing in the ends of single cloche or a run of cloches uses two pieces of the same sized glass panes.   These are held in place with a cane or metal rod which is the wired to the nearest cloche handle for security.

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The morning after a hard night’s frost and the grass inside the cloche remains free of frost.  


The advantages of using a cloche or a row of continous cloches are:

1.  The warm up the soil early in the season and produce an earlier crop.  Also, cropping later in the year is possible with the chance of two crops a year.

2. The plants, especially young plants, are protected from harsh weather and also animal damage such as rabbits, pigeons and cats.  Fuller protection is provided by adding end closure panes to prevent access.  This is done using two standard panes of the same size as the glazing panes.  They are held against the cloche end by a bamboo cane and wired to the nearest cloche ridge handle.   

3. Rain water and irrigation water fall off the cloche roof and side and soaks into the ground around the cloche.  However, the soil surface inside the cloche tend to remain dry and contrary to thinking, this has the very great advantage of helping prevent fungal disease in young plants.  There should  be no need to water inside the cloche.  By allowing the rain and irrigation water to surround the soil around the cloche, enough will migrate to the roots of the plants within the cloche and also those roots will ‘reach out’ towards the wetter soil aound the cloche making for stronger plants.

4.  Each cloche is nominally 610mm long, 630mm wide and 480mm high to  the apex.  (24” x 25” x 19” high). This means many full sized vegetables, fruiting plants and salad crops can be accomadated within the cloche.   Low Tomato bushes, melons, squash, dwarf beans, strawberries etc.  Early potatoes can be raised until the cloche is no longer needed and it can be moved to protect other crops. The same with sweetcorn. Rhubarb covered with a cloche will produce an early crop somewhere between forced and open ground grown.  If that’s not enough, cut flowers do very well under cloches. The assembled cloche weighs a little 6 kg (nearly 13 lbs), so, should withstand strong winds without being blown over.

5.  The barne cloche is assemebled from eight parts.  A mild steel untreated  ‘A’ frame, three galvanised strong wire clips and four pieces of 3mm horticultural glass each610mm x 305mm (2’ x 1’) which is a standard horticultural size.  Assembly takes a few minutes using the assembly post.  See the YouTube video above. The assembled cloche can  be lifted by the handle above the ridge.  This means, when the time comes to harvest or cultivate the soil again, the cloches can be moved aside and they are out of the way.

If you have many of these barn cloches, they can be stacked vertically and nested when not in use.  Or they can be quickly dismantled and take up very little space.

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