I recently ordered some "Longrow Super Cloches", from Garden Oasis. They were on a "buy two, get one free" offer, and cost me just under £70, including delivery. Of course they were delivered flat-packed, so I did have the chore of assembling them. Fortunately this was a job I could do in the garage whilst sheltering from the rain.
Despite a rather unhelpful set of instructions (the pictures were too small and not sufficiently detailed), it didn't take me very long - maybe a quarter of an hour for each one. I have to say that I was unimpressed with the quality of the product. I had expected something a bit more substantial. The end pieces in particular seem exceptionally flimsy, and I think they will be the weak point of the cloches. Anyway, they are done now, so we'll see how we go. I have placed them roughly over one of the raised beds in order to assist the soil to warm up and dry out.
|I need a fourth one now, don't I?|
For those of you who are interested in such things, may I draw your attention to the construction of the raised beds in the picture above - you can clearly see my way of keeping the corners tight - angle brackets. These things cost me just 80p each at the Building Supplies shop, and I think they are well worth the money.
My other main job on Sunday was pruning the Dogwood plants. There's not much I can say about that really! I know my Dogwood collection is not huge, but these plants do produce a lot of branches and if you are to prune them carefully this can be a long job. Hopefully it will be worth the effort though. I wanted to get the job done before the plants produced a lot of new growth, so that all their energy could go into branches that are NOT going to be trimmed off. Here's a view of the end result...