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crittergarden
Jan 26, 2013 4:28 PM CST
Is this the right place to ask if hypertuffa will not crack in zone 5?
I need to know before I go building a bunch!
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woofie
Jan 27, 2013 12:39 PM CST
Well, this lady says that after they're fully cured, they won't be damaged by freezing.
"Karen Gilliam, WSU - Whatcom County Master Gardener

Old Stone sinks and animal troughs have been used to grow plants for many years. Now they are scarce and very expensive. So, we can make them from hypertufa Hypertufa is an artificial medium with absorbent properties similar to tufa rock. It is lighter than regular concrete, and will not be damaged by freezing after it is completely cured."

Here's the link to her site and her hypertufa recipe:

http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/homehort/hypertufa.htm

And I remember Carol Eads used to make lots of hypertufa pots, and she was in Zone 3 as I recall.
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crittergarden
Jan 27, 2013 1:08 PM CST
THANK YOU.
I got dizzy sorting through all the results when I googled it.
Knew someone here would know!
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woofie
Jan 27, 2013 1:52 PM CST
Ha ha, don't take my word for it! I've never made any myself, although I've always wanted to. But I definitely remember Carol talking about making them, and don't remember her saying anything about concerns with freezing. But that's been a long time ago!

According to the lady on that website, you DO have to be careful about not letting them freeze during the curing process, tho.
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mcash70
Jan 27, 2013 2:20 PM CST
I always wanted to make some of those pots, but so far haven't gotten around to it. The article I have says that they are good in zone 2, can be left out over winter. nodding
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crittergarden
Jan 27, 2013 2:46 PM CST
Zone 2!!!!!
yaHOO!

Woof, I'll make them in summer.
I'm not goin out there until it gets significantly warmer and stays that way for awhile!
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mcash70
Jan 27, 2013 2:50 PM CST
Be sure and take photos and maybe I will get inspired and make some. Hurray!
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gg5
Jan 27, 2013 2:51 PM CST
Crittergarden, Chris (goldfinch) has made several and she's in WI (can't remember what zone 3 or 4) Big Grin I was thinking of making some this year too, but the curing process is a month and I'm slightly impatient, so it may be more than I can handle!! Plus I think you wrap it and are supposed to leave it alone without checking it - really??? I don't think I could do that! Rolling on the floor laughing (seriously it probably will be on my agenda for this summer! :biggrin:)
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Jan 27, 2013 2:52 PM CST
I'm actually thinking of just doing some trough like things, as space delineators.
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gg5
Jan 27, 2013 2:53 PM CST
margaret, we crossed posted and I was just about to add almost the same thing! Rolling on the floor laughing I agree If I know other people are doing this and we share photos I will probably try it!! Hurray! Hurray!
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Jan 27, 2013 2:53 PM CST
Oh, I'm good at ignoring things for awhile!
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gg5
Jan 27, 2013 3:00 PM CST
Crittergarden, (btw what name do you want to go by? Since typing crittergarden is long and well tedious! I'm greg!) I think doing the troughs could be very cool especially if you did low (under 2 feet) plants in them! Hebe's (if they grow there) or something like that!! or wild flowers, could be very interesting! Hurray! You're giving me an idea for my front yard!! I have all these bushes and trees, and there is one that could be trimmed up and a trough placed there - full sun! a strip of daylillies or rudbekia or something! Big Grin
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crittergarden
Jan 27, 2013 3:45 PM CST
Yer thinkin like I'm thinkin!

Mamajack calls me critterg, because critterOLOGIST, whose real name is Jill, has been here longer so mama's not comfortable calling me just "critter".
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crittergarden
Jan 27, 2013 3:46 PM CST
BTW, for here, I'm thinkin
Semps, sedums, underplanted with bulbs.....
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gg5
Jan 27, 2013 5:06 PM CST
Yes the planting sounds nice!! Hurray!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 27, 2013 6:42 PM CST
This is fabulous!!! What kinds of molds do you use? I want to do this! Hurray!
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gg5
Jan 27, 2013 6:51 PM CST
Cheryl I know right!! How fun if several of us make these! Big Grin
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woofie
Jan 27, 2013 7:14 PM CST
I remember Carol used some big styrofoam chests as molds for larger containers.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 27, 2013 7:17 PM CST
I just paid an arm and a leg for a large pottery pot for my Japanese Maple. Seems if you have a variety of plastic pots, you could use them knowing your hypertuffa pot would be a tad smaller. Buy various sizes of pots and you could mold yourself an entire selection of pots! I like the idea of forming the stuff over the edges to flare out. What did they article mean when it says you need smaller pots for feet forms?
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Jan 27, 2013 7:26 PM CST
Cheryl no idea...Chris (Goldfinch4) maybe will know!
I can see it now - hypertufa everywhere! Thumbs up Wolfie, glad to have that idea! Styrofoam molds!
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