Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Monday, March 29, 2010

Adventures in Hypertufa

I have wanted to try making a hypertufa trough ever since I saw my first one at a plant swap a few years ago.  Barbara and I decided during the long winter months that we would give it a go in the spring since it takes a few weeks to cure enough to plant in.  I'm condensing our steps but here's the link for the directions I used.  http://www.efildoog-nz.com/hypertufa.htm
First we chose some regular cardboard boxes for the trough and some old mixing bowls for the others.
Next we combined 2 parts peat, one part portland cement and one part sand.  Look at Barbara go!

Add water till you reach "mud pie" consistency...this looks like "mud pie "consistency to me!

Now to get our hands dirty! (gloves help)

Looks Good to me!
Stones add a decorative touch.

24 hours later the unveiling...

Roughing and smoothing the edges with a wire brush makes it look aged.

This is not a project for lazy people!  Barb and I thought we could whip these out in no time but it took a few hours.  I guess if we had a crew like Martha Stewart has to do the supply gathering and mixing it would have been more fun.  I'm glad we stuck with it.  Now we have these great planters and even better memories of good times spent as sisters!


  1. That looks great. I'd like to try this!

  2. Your container look really good... one of my goals is to make some really large ones for installing dwarf conifers... I hope to get that far this year, if I catch up on all the other tasks that need doing in the gardens! Larry

  3. I really want to try hypertufa, but my question: How Heavy are these containers? I need something that can be moved around, so please explain if these are lightweight like styrofoam, or heavy like cement?

  4. Good work ladies. Just stop by to see what hypertufa meant. Your containers look great. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.