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postheadericon What the heck is Hypertufa?

 

trough-flowersIt is the dead of winter here in Michigan…. As I look out from my window I see nothing but SNOW.. lots of snow. The shrubs are bending over with the weight of snow from the last storm that we got. We not only had snow but we also had wind… so the drifts have made the snow especially deep in some places.

It may be very cold outside but I have been busy inside where it is warm planning for SPRING. When the weather warms up I am going to make my own planters, rocks and boulders. I already know where I am going to place them. My art objects are going to be made with a method called Hypertufa.

Hypertufa is no different than making mud pies…. I have fond memories of mixing dirt and water together and putting it in molds. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon. None of those mud pies survived. Hyputfia will last many years, much longer than the pies I made when I was little…. Hypertufa is just like making mud pies except you use a base of Portland cement to hold things together. The projects or art work that you make using the process know as hypertufa is not HEAVY as if it were made on concrete…. though in most cases it is just as strong.

The porous material makes it especially good to use as planters. The appearance comes out rather rustic looking.. blending right in with nature. The sky is the limit on what your able to do with this wonderful molding material.
Making a birdbath using a huge leaf is going to me my first project this spring…

I have several pots on my front porch that I have planted with all types of different flowers and vegetables. I have had these pots for several years… this year might be the year that I will make all new pots for my container garden. You too can learn the Secret to Container Gardening just as I did by clicking here.

As with anything this is going to be a learning process. I waste so much time with my typical trial an error method.. though I must admit I like to do it that way… This time I am reading how someone else did it… offering step by step instructions and knowing what to avoid…

I can plan my projects now while I lookout at the snow… When SPRING comes I will be all ready to go.

The plan is to make the birdbath first…. but then I have to choose what to work on next..
• Troughs • Spheres • Free Form Molding • Sculpting • Rocks • Stepping Stones •
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This is the book I am reading Hypertufa How-To Manual by Claudia F. Brownlie

postheadericon Unusual Containers to Garden In

Containers for planting come in all shapes and all sizes…. Here are just a couple of pictures that may just spark your interest and give you some ideas…. Don’t they look great?
Container Gardening Secrets

This is a great book all about Container Gardening. I am sure you will enjoy it.

Or.. have you heard about straw bale gardening…. it is perfect for those who hate to bed over.. there is also less weeding and your able to plant more in a smaller space. What is not to like about Straw Bale Gardening….. Make plans now for your next garden using the Straw Bale Gardening method.

postheadericon Salsa In Your Container Garden

Do you love salsa as much as I do? Why not grow your own ingredients to make your own salsa in your container garden?

All of the vegetables that you put in salsa are easy to grow and what better spot than in your own container garden.

Tomatoes, onions, jalapenos peppers, garlic, chili peppers, cilantro all are very easy to grow. Not only that but what a beautiful site they would be to look at.

I would suggest that you don’t put the peppers with the other plants they might transfer the heat.

When the plants are ready you can enjoy fresh salsa whenever you like. Mix up a batch and store any left over in the refrigerator. Be sure to eat it within a few day. It will take so fresh you probably won’t have to worry about that.

Grow the fixings for salsa in your own container garden for it’s freshness but also for your own satisfaction.

This is a wonderful eBook called Container Gardening Secrets that you may enjoy, It offers lots of information about container gardening. Has lots of how to tips and helpful hints to make your container garden the best one around.

postheadericon Container Gardening

pot with flowers and vegtablesMy mother planted a container garden last year. She planted many containers that had both flowers and vegetables in them together. She was the talk of her neighborhood.

Mom put together a huge container that was planted with tomato plants, peppers, cucumbers and she added assorted flowers for color, it was beautiful. She gave this as a retirement gift at a party and it was admired by many.

I started my front porch container garden to late in the season to be able to brag about how it turned out. But… I am ready this year. I can’t wait till the weather warms up a bit.

I have found the most wonderful eBook and it offers great ideas about container gardening. I have gotten some great tips from it.

You can check it out here for yourself. Container Gardening Secrets