Thanks for the site Val......I had been looking for such a place..
Ldymac in Canada
"Mick709" wrote in message
I ran across an article in one of the gardening magazines last year about
casting pots and planters and whatnot in a 'concrete' of sorts thats a
mix of cement and peat moss etc where it comes out looking like a
piece of granite. I seem to recall it being referred to as "Hydrocal" or
something like that. Anyone know the REAL name and where I can get
etc? I am thinking this might be a fun wintertime project.
Mick in cold, COLD zone 6...
I have made stone troughs and used this recipe with good success.
2 parts pearlite
2 parts peatmoss
1 part portland cement
enough water to dampen but hold together
You can get the fiberglass binder stuff at Home Depot and places like that
now. When I first started making these I had to go to a cement company (
the places that send a cement truck to your house). I just tossed in a few
spoonfuls. It adds a great deal of strength without weight or bulk. You
don't have to worry about forming support structures, like chicken wire, to
be inside your pot, trough, whatever.
I sloshed on a mixture of buttermilk and moss whirled up in a blender to
speed the aging process after they dried and cured. They turned out really
great and were fun to make.
There's a pretty good book called "Creating and Planting Garden Troughs"
by Joyce Fingerut and Rex Murfitt.
The word you are looking for is HYPERTUFA. I found this website by putting
it in my browser, good info and pictures ( I just love visual aids!) I'm
sure there are plenty more sites you can browse for more ideas.
Good Luck and have fun!