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I'm a Canadian now residing in Sunny Arizona since 2002. Although I've been a city girl all of my life, I've always loved the country and the laid back life it offers. My love of the Outdoors, Animals,and Gardening comes from my mom Cecile, who loved her home in the country, but sadly passed away in 2005. I promised her I would grow a garden in her name, And I finally did, five years later. One of my best memories of her is how much she loved her garden. The glow on her face when she would show me something new, always creating a life with things she loved. She loved all animals. She taught me simplicity, to enjoy the small things, and see beauty in everything. Today I find myself doing the same things she did in her garden and in life. This blog was created to keep track of my projects and adventures. They may not all be successes, but my goal is to remain unintimidated by whatever engages my curiosity. I want to share this adventure with those who can appreciate the small things, the trial and errors, the simplicity in it all, but mostly,what my mom knew how to do best,just have FUN! *This blog is dedicated to her*

Jul 23, 2010

Hypertufa Pots

My first Tufa pot!

I think this will be one of my favorite projects! one of the easiest to make too.
These planters look like they have been sitting outside for hundreds of years.

Hyertufa is lighter than concrete, they last, they drain well and they won't crack.

Hypertufa was created to be used as an inexpensive replacement for the natural volcanic rock called Tufa. Tufa was used for many things - it was hollowed out and carved unto coffins, sinks, bath tubs, animal troughs and used for planters by English gardeners. Natural tufa rock was quite popular among gardeners in England before it became hard to find.

This lead to its development. It comes from the Latin word hyper (over, excessively) and tufus (volcanic rock that is porous and crumbly). When hyper and tufa are put together we get "something more than tufa" or "fake tufa rock".

There are various Tufa recipes online but I chose the simplest one in my opinion, since this was my first attempt.

One way to get an ancient look is to add moss to the recipe (which you can find outdoors or the craft store) another way is to brush buttermilk or yogurt on them and let it sit and mold.

You can get creative and make bird baths, troughs, stepping stones...etc.
You can even add cement coloring!

I'm not done making these!

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