In the indoor garden there is nothing quite like a cloche to really make a plant stand out. There's something about a plant protected by glass that automatically makes it seem special. Lately I've been seeing cloches used more as garden accents with sporadic instances of them actually serving a use in the garden. You can use them to start and protect seedlings or use them to root cuttings.
Recently, in the Home & Garden section of a local paper they profiled some wonderful cloches and where they could be purchased by gardeners in Chicago. There were some really nice examples of different shapes and prices. But the frugal gardener inside me can't fathom paying the prices that cloches command at boutique garden centers. I decided to spend a day recently looking in stores near me to see if I could find something I could appropriate as a cloche. I know they can me made out of soda bottles by cutting the bottom out but I was looking for something made of glass.
The first and last place I looked was a thrift store near me. There I found a table top clock with a glass cover that looked like a cloche for $2.00- I kept the glass cover and tossed the clock. There were also cheese and cake domes I could have chosen from but they were too short for most of my plants but can easily be used as a cloche. If I want to add a base to it I'll just sit it on top of either a marble or glass candle holder I bought at an import store for $1.00.
For a total cost of $3.00 I think it will serve it's purpose in my indoor garden.