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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 14, 2005
2:06 AM

Post #1622357

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.

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lilystorm
San Jose, CA

July 14, 2005
6:47 PM

Post #1623737

Nice! I've never made one before. Can you point me to a good web resource on how to do it?
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2005
2:26 AM

Post #1626895

Just go to google and type in (hypertufa trough) and it will take you to all kinds of listings & recipes on how to make one.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 22, 2007
12:46 AM

Post #3521460

Here's a modification I made of the trough above. What do you think? River stones held on with clear caulking.

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MzzPool
Pass Christian, MS
(Zone 8b)

May 23, 2007
12:44 AM

Post #3525127

Very nice!

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2007
12:38 AM

Post #3536277

Awesome job . It really turned out nice. You should be very proud of yourself.
Patti
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 27, 2007
8:44 PM

Post #3542211

Thanks so much. I love working with cement and with miniature plants. Of course, I love working with all plants. I hope to be able to make another one this summer.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 28, 2007
1:42 AM

Post #3543194

Very nice! I am having a little tufa workshop this coming Sunday in my back yard. Hoping to make some shallow free form troughs for my sempervivums.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 28, 2007
10:09 AM

Post #3544094

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.
Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 31, 2007
2:00 AM

Post #3555316

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.


early_bloomer

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 31, 2007
10:13 AM

Post #3556281

Very pretty. May I ask what they were selling them for? (the cost)
Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 31, 2007
9:46 PM

Post #3558595

They sold from $10 to $20. The larger ones with plants and marbles like the one I bought were $20.

early_bloomer
hillsidecritter
Camarillo, CA

July 29, 2007
1:57 AM

Post #3790936

wow! I am so happy to have found this site.
Just ask a question, and, poof, like magic
so many responses, pictures, and the feeling
of joy and excitement that comes from
gardening.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 22, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #6305206

Anybody created any hypertufa troughs last year? When the weather gets warmer, I'll take a pix of another one I created last year.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

March 22, 2009
11:38 PM

Post #6305323

Here is one of the ones I made 2 years ago.

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fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

March 22, 2009
11:39 PM

Post #6305329

This is the other

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tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

March 23, 2009
12:27 AM

Post #6305573

Buttoneer.this ? was asked on another tread."Has anyone made a toad house with Hypertufa"..I'm sure they would appreciate you response



ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 22, 2009
4:31 AM

Post #6302566
Keep - - - tufa house inside during winter, they dissolve fast.

Tubby
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 23, 2009
1:09 AM

Post #6305755

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.
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

March 23, 2009
1:22 AM

Post #6305831

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?

bifdiehl
Gettysburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 16, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6276306
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.

bifdiehl could use your input

Thanks
tubby
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

March 23, 2009
3:09 AM

Post #6306332

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.
kaybob22
Nashville, TN

April 5, 2009
6:51 PM

Post #6368027

I am getting ready to terrace my backyard (it is a hill), and have in mind that I want to do the terracing in hypertuffa. Any suggestiongs?
pyromomma
Columbia, SC
(Zone 7b)

April 5, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #6368224

If you Google "Toad House" and click on Images (at the top of the page) you get tons of photos of different kinds and some super ideas.

Same thing if you Google Hypertufa, Flower Troughs, or Papercrete. Good ideas out there
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

April 6, 2009
3:10 AM

Post #6370187

If you check out http://www.tirecrafting.com, they have some good ideas for terracing with tires. Might be a lot less work and more durable. It's how I've been terrracing around my house.

katiebear
pyromomma
Columbia, SC
(Zone 7b)

April 7, 2009
3:44 AM

Post #6375869

That is excellent! Love the terracing ideas!

This message was edited Apr 6, 2009 11:44 PM
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

April 7, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #6377346

Thought you would like it.

The owner is very nice and will answer questions. T

he book and tape are both useful. It was by watching the tape that I was able to see (and copy) the way he turns the tires inside out after cutting out the sidewalls.

kb
blueskyfd11
Harrison Valley, PA
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2009
7:03 PM

Post #6715682

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.
Nana26
Kershaw, SC

June 23, 2009
4:46 PM

Post #6727694

This is a toad house I made with hypertufa. I used a large plastic bowl (formed the inside as you would for a planter but without drain holes) and hand shaped the doors (one on each side).

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Nana26
Kershaw, SC

June 23, 2009
4:49 PM

Post #6727709

I made another toad house just like this mushroom but left the stem hollow and made doors in it.

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sab66
Rensselaer, IN

June 24, 2009
2:09 AM

Post #6729854

Thanks for posting your pictures...I've been thinking about a mushoom...I hope to try for one like yours. What did you use for the stem? Sharon
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 25, 2009
11:54 AM

Post #6735923

Thanks for sharing. Lots of creative ideas here.
Nana26
Kershaw, SC

August 13, 2009
7:24 PM

Post #6943030

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.

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sab66
Rensselaer, IN

August 14, 2009
7:46 PM

Post #6946549

Thanks for the great pictures...I hope to try the toad house mushroom. Sharon
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2012
8:55 PM

Post #9168223

Buttoneer, when you did the workshop, did everybody take their project home that day with them? Or did they leave them at your place until they set up?

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2012
12:39 PM

Post #9170240

I am slated to lead a hypertufa workshop in September so I am so happy to find this thread...very informative...
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 19, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #9172157

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!
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 30, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9320604

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.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

October 31, 2012
10:37 AM

Post #9321174

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...
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

November 20, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9338497

I gotta go back and read this thread .
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

November 21, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9339230

This summer's 'tufa party did turn into a pair of DG articles, here: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/3882/
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/3884/

scooterbug
Tellico Plains, TN
(Zone 7b)

November 21, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9339407

Making plans for next Summer heheheheheh

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

November 15, 2013
11:33 AM

Post #9709649

Here we are almost going into 2014 & my tufas are still holding together, however, now they are filled with succulents & miniature iris. Will have to take pix & put them in this column. Buttoneer
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

November 15, 2013
2:46 PM

Post #9709819

Wow!!! That's what you call projects!!!
Are they all in your garden? I wish I am your neighbor.

Bellie

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