Mercantile October/November 2017

MOTHER's product picks for October/November 2017.

October/November 2017
Compiled by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors

Greenhouse Bucket

Photo by Rebecca Martin

Garden Cloches

$35.97 for three buckets at Greenhouse Buckets.

A mobile way to protect seedlings and sensitive plants, Greenhouse Buckets are clear, 5-gallon containers that shield individual vegetables from late frosts, low temperatures, wind, and insects. Easy to stack and store, the buckets, made with a UV-stabilized translucent material, have a 14-inch-diameter base and are 14 inches tall. On sunny days, the internal temperature of the bucket is 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit higher than its surroundings. A vent ring on the top of the bucket can be adjusted to help regulate the temperature and humidity.

Editor Rebecca Martin appreciates the convenience and mobility of these U.S.-made garden cloches. Because she gardens in a windy climate, Martin uses the optional heavy-duty ground pegs (sold separately at $1.99 for three) to keep the covers in place. “Last spring, when a late frost threatened, it took me only a few minutes to drop a couple of buckets over my fledgling tomato plants,” she says. “That beats struggling with row cover or sheet plastic in a high wind.”