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How to Construct a Homemade Hypertufa Planter

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? We'll show you how to make your own hypertufa trough, so you can enjoy the look without the cost.

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Materials and Tools:
Mold (can be a saucer)
Dish pan
Planter or box
Plastic wrap (any type of lightweight plastic 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

Trough Ingredients:
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, but sand will give it a smoother finish.)
Water, one part

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