- North Yorkshire
- 30 Jan 2008
I use cloches regularly, as I have the uncertainty if the North Yorkshire weather to worry about.
I am lucky as I can used a hosepipe which has holes for dribbling. I also use irrigation pipes.
I can see that you have a problem in that you can't use a hose pipe, however, how about this. - place short lengths of hose pipe/s, with dribbling holes in them, and cut them to the length of the cloche, but leave an excess of about a foot. Connect the pipes together to leave just one end. Connect this end to some means of pouring water from a can, such as a funnel (made from a plastic bottle, perhaps), or it could be connected to a rainwater butt or small tank which is slightly raised. (Sorry, I would like to do a little drawing to explain, but I don't know how).
I have built a brick & block tank for collecting rainwater and attached a short length of hose to it, at the bottom. The hose is long enough so that when it is placed upright, it is higher than the top of the tank. This position doesn't let water out. When I want to use it, I just lay it down and out comes the water. This can be connected to another length of pipe that waters my soft fruit trees. It can also be used for filling watering cans.
Something like this could be used in the same way for your cloches. Of course, this all depends on you being able to collect rain water. If you don't have a building to collect water from, then you can always dig a hole to collect water and put in a small pump, to pump it into a container that is above ground.
Let me know how you get on.