Build a Versatile PVC Cloche

This lightweight PVC cloche can be made in a snap. It's lightweight, inexpensive and can be made to fit any area.

July 2014

By Chris Gleason

Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners

Transform an ordinary backyard into a productive farm with Chris Gleason’s Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners (Fox Chapel, 2012). Gleason provides inspiration and instruction for 21 gardening and animal projects to complete the transformation. The excerpt that follows, from “Open Season: Growing Season Extenders,” is for a lightweight PVC cloche that can be made to any specifications.

This book can be purchased from the GRIT store: Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners.

This style of cloche is pretty common in our area, and for good reason: they’re simple, inexpensive, and versatile. You can adapt them to fit just about any size area you’d like, and with a little imagination, you can even scale it up and build a large walk-in hoop house. I do recommend doing this with a partner if you can, because the long lengths of PVC tubing can be frustrating to try and handle on your own.