Parisian Market Gardeners (maraîchers) Of the mid-nineteenth Century Snailed it Up!

Posted in: Sustainability
Tags: , , , ,
Cloche farming

Parisian Market Garden Cloche Jars for Season Extension

Parisian Market Gardeners of the mid-19th century would use cloche jars as tiny green houses. They were meticulously hand vented, one by one, to regulate temperature and allow air flow. In the evenings, they would roll out straw mats over them and if needed, they’d shovel hot horse manure compost on top of the mats to keep the plants cozy. We are working with  Wren & Lyre, one of our region’s permaculture farm and research center, to revive this practice (minus the manure) for folks to use in their kitchen gardens.

Straw mats being rolled on top to trap the heat from the day.

1 Comments for : Parisian Market Gardeners (maraîchers) Of the mid-nineteenth Century Snailed it Up!
    • Jonathan
    • February 8, 2017
    Reply

    Man, that must’ve been some hard work!

Leave a Comment

Welcome!
Please enter your username and password.