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Planting garlic bulbs.

Planting garlic bulbs.

Our third graders have continued to spend time in the school garden this winter, experimenting with cold weather crops. They planted garlic in the fall, which is starting to shows its sprouts now.

Thanks to donations of Swanson’s Holiday Dollars and a matching gift from APP Grandma Lois Caswell, we were able to build a cloche for our garden so that the third graders could get an early start on planting spring crops. Right now, we have our first peas peeking up under the cloche.

Cloches are easy to build. Shopping for parts took longer than installing! Our cloche is made from 5 foot lengths of 1/2 inch pipe bent into hoops and inserted into 8 inch lengths of 3/4 inch pipe, which we drove into the ground as anchors. Over the hoops we laid permeable  landscaping cloth. The cloth is fastened to the hoops with clips and secured in the soil with landscape pins. The cloth helps trap heat to encourage seed germination and growth. Its permeability allows the rain to penetrate, which means we don’t have to worry about watering. Simple and effective!

Our new cloche!

Our new cloche!

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