Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Make Your Own Hypertufa Containers

At our nursery our hypertufa containers are a popular item. The natural look and water retention makes for a natural and practical planter. Below is an easy recipe so that you can make your own. I will say that if you are not a crafty type person it is definitely easier to buy one than to make it. It will take you a few hours of your time and a little bit of mess but its great fun. We set ours underneath our green house tables and let them collect moss after they have cured. This really adds a natural look and helps them blend into your garden.. You can make your hypertufa planter with almost anything. We have used everything from plastic storage containers to mixing bowls. Here is a recipe from www.gardenmolds.com that is easy and fun to do. If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask.

Recipe #1

3 quarts Portland cement, white or grey
2 1/4 quarts sand, white or grey
4 quarts peatmoss
1 1/2 quarts water

Mix the dry ingredients well. Slowly add water. This mixture doesn't contain as much water as a standard concrete recipe because hypertufa has a more open, porous texture. Therefore add water until the mix resembles a crumbly cookie dough. Press the mix firmly into the mold.

Recipe #2

3 quarts Portland cement, white or grey
3 quarts peatmoss
3 quarts perlite
1 quart water

Mix the dry ingredients well. Slowly add water. This mixture doesn't contain as much water as a standard concrete recipe because hypertufa has a more open, porous texture. Therefore add water until the mix resembles a crumbly cookie dough. Press the mix firmly into the mold.
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Joe Cultra
Modern Gardener

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