PROTECT your plants year-round with these affordable and reliable garden cloches.
Whether you're protecting your plants from pests or looking to make an incredible terrarium, Dollar Tree's plastic cloche domes will get the job done.
Reddit user @ExternalStress posted the product on the House Plants subreddit saying, "Dollar Tree has these cool domes that can be used for mini terrariums."
They loaded the dome with some soil and a clipping of their favorite plant to put on display.
In outdoor gardens, cloches are used to cover plants while offering protection from things like harsh weather, and pests.
They can also be used to create a warmer climate that will nurture germinating seeds and young plants in colder weather.
One user responded to the post saying they had been using plastic cups as cloches, and that this would work much better.
On the Dollar Tree website, users who had bought the product said it was perfect for plant propagation.
Many others who bought the cloches used them for crafts and to display photos and other items.
As summer approaches many people are working to get their gardens looking right, and figuring out how to maintain everything in the soon to come sweltering heat.
According to Fiona Jenkins, a gardening expert at MyJobQuote, there are six things to keep in mind when trying to protect your lawn and green space in the hot weather – and a lot of it comes down to watering at the right time.
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With the temperatures soaring, plants tend to become more sensitive and even something as simple as watering will require a bit more effort.
Most of us would assume that in dry weather, the more water the better would be the right way to go.
However, don't rush to grab your gardening hose just yet – too much water can, in fact, harm your plants.
''Overwatering causes your plants to feel stress, something your plant will already be under thanks to the hot temperatures.
''Instead, give plants the normal amount of water you would give them and try not to “overcompensate” and water them more than necessary.''
In addition, the expert added, it's best to avoid watering during the day, especially at lunchtime when the sun is at its hottest.
Where possible, water your plants early in the morning or the evening.
More beneficial than regular tap water, rainwater contains all the necessary minerals required for your plants to grow and thrive.
It's not just our delicate skin that can burn while basking in the hot sun – plants often suffer too.
''Reducing the amount of bright, direct sunlight and heat that plants receive results in cooler soil that retains moisture,'' explained Fiona.
Luckily, whilst plants might not enjoy being covered with a thick layer of SPF sun cream, there are multiple ways to create shade in the garden.
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For example, you can grab a bedsheet to cover over plants or use a beach umbrella as a shield to block the sun.
''If your plants are potted and easy to move, then you should relocate them to a naturally shadier part of your garden.''
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