PROTECT EVERYTHING FROM EVERYTHING
The spring garden is a vulnerable one and spring is a tempestuous season, meaning everything is under threat of sudden destruction: blustery winds can reduce a thriving flower garden to a mess of potage, and hail can turn what’s left to confetti. Keeping those elements off your young seedlings or pansy blooms is challenging unless you are growing undercover in a tunnelhouse, but there are ways to reduce the chances of shredding-byweather. Cloches, glass or plastic protect against everything bar insects and molluscs.
Weather events of the rough sort are countered by a well-anchoured cloche and even cold air is kept at bay, as under the clear skin of a cloche, the air can be several degrees warmer. At this time of year, lettuces benefit greatly from protection from unexpected cold, and cloches suit them perfectly, but slugs don’t care about them. Molluscs such as they and snails march, on their single foot, right on in and settle down to dine. The most effective way to keep their numbers down to next to zero is to visit the plants they yearn
to dine on at night, with the aid of a head torch, and pick them off your plants, then consign them to a fate I’m reluctant to describe here, but is final and fatal.