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I put on my first successful Hypertufa trough workshop last Sunday with friends from work, nd here is my trough. There were 5 of us and all troughs were different. I should have taken pictures of all of them. We will be having another workshop in September. I will post more pix then.
Awwwww if you weren't so far away, I'd come over. Here's another idea I got. We went to a farmers market on Friday afternoon and I picked up a small planter made of a cypress knee with the long top cut off. My DH is going to drill holes in the bottom of it & I'm going to spray clear acrylic coat on it & put some semps in it. I love container gardening so much.
The local Master Gardeners had their annual plant sale last weekend. In addition to plants they also had a few hypertufa troughs for sale. I bought the one pictured below. I'm going to try making a few of these on my own.
I kept mine outside & they are still the same as when I made them.Now that is a great idea! A toad house. I doubt if it would be difficult to make. I'll have to look into that this summer. And your tufa troughs are beautiful. Wonder why yours dissolved? Probably the formula you are using is different.
Buttoneer would you please go to this tread and advise them..Like your recipe.
Has anyone made a toad house they'd like to share?
March 16, 2009
I've never done a hypertufa project before, but I've been lurking behind the scenes here for the past month getting excited about starting a project. I'm going to start with something basic like a planter to get the hang of it, but then I'd like to make a toad house for my toad friend who comes back to my garden every year.
Does anyone have a picture of one they've made that they'd like to share?
Thanks in advance for the inspiration!
I've never done any of this..Just interested about it.
I made mine two years ago and they are outside all the time - no problems.
Re the toad house - seems to me all you need is a rounded shape to work with and cut a door in it before the tufa hardens or insert a shape for the door which you can subsequently remove. Should be pretty simple.
I've been working with concrete for awhile now and I make tree/plant rings and coat with concrete acids and stains. This year..if it ever stops raining long enough, want to switch to hypertufa. Now my question, does anyone know if concrete acids are acceptable to use on hypertufa? Trying to teach myself how to make lighter colors and give it a marbleized look. I have many banana trees that need to have larger pots and my goal is to make these for the nanas with an elagant twist.
Sorry sab66...just now saw your question. I used a salad bowl with veins on the inside for the top of my mushroom and a plastic disposable pot like you buy plants in for the base. Same thing on toad house below, just hollowed it out and made a door.
I bought 4 bags of Portland cement and 6 bags of coarse sand (to use damp in molding or as a base layer under our projects) today... and 15 sturdy buckets at the dollar store plus a couple of bowls of various sizes... and a bunch of zip baggies of various sizes (for pinch pots). We are ready to rock and roll!
Boy am I late with this. If you put them on a wood slab, you could take them home with you but we left ours sit for a couple days, then everybody picked them up. FYI, end of October 2012, mine are still sitting pretty with no decomposition whatsoever, so the formula I used was definitely long-lasting. Critter, So sorry I couldn't come over to your Tufa party this summer. We were so busy trying to make up for lost time due to Bob's two surgeries, 1 in Jan and one in April, camping in Va, never got time to do much of anything else. The camper is still in Va, due to Sandy but going to bring her home in Nov sometime the weather is calmer. Hugs, Judy.
Hope Bob is doing well these days and that you're both having a good fall!
Just touching base... I'll have more time to catch up after I get some loose ends tied up, but I don't know how long I'll have internet, it's been up and down this afternoon. We got some impressive wind & rain, but nothing really dangerous. Power was out for less than 24 hours, internet stayed out another day, but hopefully we're back in business now.
Good news... "fresh" hypertufa turns out to be portable, no problem. We used boards or sturdy produce boxes as a base for building & moving our projects, drove them home after they'd been "setting up" for a few hours, and successfully unmolded them a day or two later. So, now we know! And I think another 'tufa workshop is in our future...