Bill Thorness
Project

Hot Caps

What type of item is this? Plant or Flower How would you describe the style of your project? Eco-Friendly

You Can Make This

Bill Thorness made Hot Caps with:

The Extended Harvest

Online Class

The Extended Harvest

with Bill Thorness

Project Description

What type of item is this? Plant or Flower How would you describe the style of your project? Eco-Friendly

Q&A with Bill Thorness

Jodi Torpey asked:
Thanks for the great ideas for extending the spring and fall gardening season!
Bill Thorness answered:
Thank you, Jody! Appreciate the support. -- Bill
marythemom asked:
i have upcycled a glass light fixture cover for similar use over plants in my garden
Bill Thorness answered:
Hi Mary, I keep trolling the used light fixtures at building salvage stores, junk shops and even rummage sales, but have yet to find one that would work. Would you post a photo? Bill
marythemom asked:
I couldn't figure out how to post photo in comment so I posted in project. Upcycle de light fixture. A Stained glass cover is the type I have used. I did find I needed to prop one side to let excess moisture out as hole in top is too small for full ventilation. Last years the strawberries grew wonderfully beneath its cover.
Bill Thorness answered:
Hi Mary, Sorry, I missed this comment when you posted it. Yes, with a glass hot cap, we definitely need to vent it during sunny days. I've found that it doesn't even need to be that warm, but just the sun out for 3-4 hours will heat the air inside the hot cap. I just leave a rock next to the hot cap to prop it open when needed. Bill
Rae Cooper asked:
I have a few round glass bowls from the ovens after the element has burnt out. They will be good for this. I use them frequently so over the years I have worn some out.
Bill Thorness answered:
Hi Rae, Repurposing! I love it. Many worn out kitchen items can have a new life in the garden. I also know an artist who gathers up old ornate glass bowls and vases, drills holes through the bottom, and stacks them on a steel pole for garden sculptures! Bill