Kitchen Garden Cloche
An elegant kitchen garden deserves an elegant cloche.
The Haxnicks Kitchen Garden Cloche is an attractive, lightweight growing cover, has a generous height for larger plants, and adjustable air vents. There is an elegantly wrought handle on top, making it easy to lift for access to your plants.
Ideal for growing herbs under cover, protecting salads, nurturing seedlings and bringing on young plants. Retains moisture, affords weather and pest protection and promotes quick and healthy growth.
Tip: Makes a great present for both experienced and novice gardeners alike.
A sturdy, high quality, long lasting and stylish growing cover, perfect for the 'grow your own' gardener looking to add some elegance to the kitchen garden. Made from galvanised black powder coated steel and high quality U.V. resistant clear plastic (APET).
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|Length:||3' 3" (100cm)|
I love the assembled product, but what a nightmare to construct!! You need to specify on your instructions that AT LEAST 2 people are required (we had to enlist the help of my daughter as well) as the plastic cover is very stiff and difficult to unroll. Some of the holes didn't align and required redrilling and the handle screws require washers otherwise the handle won't stay in place. All the screws could do with being a bit longer as they are very fiddly to fit even with small hands.
Haxnicks: Thank you for your feedback, really sorry you had difficulty with assembly of the product. The instructions have now been updated and the screws included are now longer and easier to fit. Please do get in touch if you would like to know more.
Part two of previous review (which hasn't appeared here!) After leaving the cover flattened out for three days, thereby rendering it very slightly more biddable, we tackled the assembly again. This time we succeeded, but we too have found that the holes at the corners had to be drilled out to make them match up. I don't doubt that when in use it's a splendid cloche, but it's too much faff to assemble, especially for someone (unlike us) who is not engineering or DIY handy and does not possess an electric drill, at least two different sizes of metal drill bit and two appropriate screwdrivers!
Haxnicks: Andrew, I am so sorry to hear of your troubles - we have now changed supplier of our materials and tried to ensure all noles match and that the plastic is not so tightly rolled. If you would like a replacement, please do get in touch with our customer services manager Ali on 0845 241 1555.
This is work in progress, so to speak, but we must now wait a while for the bad temper to clear. We have not yet managed to assemble the cloche because the roof, having been rolled-up tight in its box, is uncontrollable and we can't fit it into the groove at the end. We have given up temporarily, in order the avoid damaging the edges by continuing to force it. The roof is now lying flat in the sun on the floor of our conservatory with a heavy pot at either end to try to straighten it out. We may try a hairdryer to soften it more, later. We will keep you updated...!
I consider myself a competent handyman but after several attempts I have abandoned hope of getting this cloche assembled. Ithink it needs a minimum of three people or an octopus!
Haxnicks: Hi Graham, sorry to hear you had trouble with assembly of the KGC. I have assembled the product twice now by myself without problems, although I realise the product has seemed to vary in quality in the past. We have (since your purchase) improved the product and are receiving really positive feedback. Please get in contact with us if you would like to try a replacement. -Robbie
Assembly of Kitchen garden cloche is tricky especially when the polyester sheet is rolled the wrong way and you end up with the nuts on the metal strips appearing on the outside instead of the inside. Could you make it clear in the instructions that the nuts need to be on the inside and therefore the polyester sheet may need re-rolling against the curve. A two-man job in itself! Also, there was excessive paint in the threads of my handle which made it extremely difficult to tighten the bolts sufficiently to hold the handle in place.
Note from Haxnicks: Thank you Sue - yes agreed we have improved our instructions.
We purchased one of your kitchen garden cloches from a retail outlet in Finland and were very impressed with both the novel design and sturdiness. However, there are a couple of points I would like to raise:
(1) It takes 2 people to fit the polyester into the rims (no problem except for hermits).
(2) When we came to fit the long screws, we discovered that the inner side of three holes did not quite match the outer (remedy: quick and careful drilling with a power drill).
(3) The packing round the polyester was inadequate; there were long lines of scuff marks where the plastic had rolled round inside the otherwise well designed cardboard box (suggested: at your end, packing - possibly soft paper would do - round the entire length of the plastic). The latter beauty defect was especially noticeable as we have up-ended the cloche and fitted polythene sheet to the open side (normally the base) in order to accommodate a tropical creeper (yeah, it takes all sorts!) which was living in a simple translucent polythene sheet tube in a window and was hardly visible.
To avoid undue stress on the polyester, the base only needed a flat hardboard support cut to size tucked under it.
All in all a good buy at the price (around 70 euros) and we liked the assembled product (and its happy-looking pant) so much that we are going to buy another cloche to fit against the open end of the first, dispensing with the polythene sheet, to form an oval greenhouse for the tropical plants we end up with after our frequent visits to SE Asia.
BW, Leigh Plester, Biofilm Ltd, Finland