Heras panels – Cloche / Lean-to
Q: What are Heras panels ?
They are wire mesh panels used in the construction industry as temporary security fencing. They are lightweight and cheap and are often found in skips so are perfect for allotment ideas as they are a recycled material. There are basically two types of Heras / Harris fencing panels, the rounded top type and the thinner tubed square type.
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How its mounted
Floor slab carrier made from pallet. This is heavy, probably best to only do x9 at a time.
This is the gap offset between suspended seed tray and rear wall of lean-to polytunnel
Run off from roof flows down front panel and into “Open book planting bed” pallet wood dividers ! All very clever…
UPDATE 2017-5-17 : This page is under going rapid development changes. I have reduced the length of the cloches to 1.2m to 1.6m as this makes them easier to handle, less cumbersome. The panel below was used for the roof of the lean-to polytunnel.
Q: Why bother building a tent thingy to cover your plants ?
A: Basically when your sow direct (SD’s) seedling start emerging from the soil we need to protect them from; slugs & snails, birds and hazardous weather (heavy rain / wind / frost). Also if you place the cloche on your seedling patch a few weeks prior to planting on that bed it will warm up the soil by drying it out from its winter dousing. Geoff Hamilton was a big fan of this type of cloche, I’m sure he would have loved “Heras panels” as much as I do. Also importantly we are trying to extend our British growing season by a few extra weeks using the cheapest and easiest method. Those mid April frost could damage young seedlings, this cloche should reduce that damage.
The lightweight structure and drapped reinforced clear tarp means it is easy and quickly reposition on another planting bed once your seedlings have established.
This is a 3.2m x 1.86m Heras Panel with its sides cut off and then bent over to create a 2.9m long cloche by 1.5m wide.
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