The bigger a pot, the more it costs. Why not make your own inexpensive container, one that can withstand the test of time and the elements? Learn how to construct a homemade hypertufa trough.
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Materials and Tools:
-mold—can be a saucer, dish pan, planter, or box
-plastic wrap, any type of lightweight plastic (say, a garbage bag) to line the mold
-containers to mix ingredients and for measuring
-gloves, rubber or latex
-face mask for the mouth and nose
-dowel rods, cut into six-inch lengths, for making drainage holes (ordinary 3/4- to one-inch-diam. sticks will do)
optional: 1/4-inch hardware cloth for screening peat moss
-wire brush to roughen finish on outside of trough
-Portland cement, one part
-peat moss, one to one-and-a-half parts
-coarse sand or perlite, one to one-and-a-half parts (Note: Perlite will make the trough lighter in weight, shown below right, but sand will give it a smoother finish, shown below left.)
-Water, one part
The standard recipe for hypertufa troughs consists of the following dry ingredients: Portland cement, peat moss and coarse sand or perlite. Water acts as a wetting agent to combine these three components together. There are various formulas for the mixture that range from one-one-one to one-two-two and depend on the weight and look that you desire for your trough.