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The “Cloche Dome” is useful in Spring when you are just setting out your plants and the weather turns chilly for a day/night. You just pull it out and stick it over your plant. Also works in Fall if you are trying to extend your growing season.

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Safety first: eye protection and gloves are a must as the plastic is hard/brittle and can crack easily.
Tool: Hacksaw (I used fine toothed but you can probably go faster with a larger toothed, but the trade-off would be the cleanness of the cut)
Material: 5 gallon water coolers that have developed leaks/small cracks (you can ask your water cooler supplier)

Step 1:

Get water cooler. Put on your safety gear.

Step 2:

Cut the water cooler a couple of inches from the bottom, all around. If you don’t have a good eye for lines, you might want to draw a cut line around the bottom so your cut meets all the way around. Cutting is the hardest part of this instructable.

Step 3:

You are done. Use the top to cover plants you want to protect from the cold. You can open the cap so there is a funnel for extra heat to dissipate. When you need to keep the heat in you can stuff some newspaper into the funnel.

Step 4:

Use the bottom as a saucer under your pots to catch soil/water and protect your floor surfaces.

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