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« on: July 17, 2004 07:18:00 PM »

Has anyone tried to make hypertufa?  It looks like tons of fun, but looks like a lot of patience is involved...
Here's a link to any interested..
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2004 08:05:28 AM »

Awesome!!  I have some cement that I want to use up.  I will definitely post my creations when I am done.

« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2004 09:27:43 AM »

I didn't know this technique/product had a name. There's similar instructions in the Martha Stewart Gardening 101 book. I've always wanted to build some planters or garden art this way, but I've been intimidated because it seems like a lot of work and mess.
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2004 12:42:25 PM »

Tufa is pretty fun to play with.  I tried it out for the first time last weekend but I used 1 part each of portland cement, vermiculite, and peat moss.  It was pretty easy but I think there's a learning curve of sorts.  I'm not pleased with my results, but I had lot of fun so I'll try again.  As for being messy, I have a dedicated space in my back yard for messy projects and gardening, but clean-up actually pretty easy.

If you're interested, I highly recommend checking out the hypertufa forum over at gardenweb.com.  Those folks are amazing and you'll see just how diverse this hypertufa stuff can be.

« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2004 02:39:48 PM »

I made tufa one weekend and it didn't look so good.  Tongue  There is something about the formula that you have to play around with to get it to look as good as the tutorial pixs.  Also peat moss is really an environmental no-no, because of the fact that it is being overmined to I tried to use coir which is generally a substitue for peat moss. Oh, and I forgot to spray my forms with silicon release spray! Okay- so the first attempt was a disaster, BUT next time . . . . .
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