Handmade Garden Projects by Lorene Edwards Forkner
The trouble with the Handmade Garden Projects book by Lorene Edwards Forkner is difficulty in choosing where to begin. Steel trellises or other things made with metal scraps? Clever hose guides? Or creative containers? Then the Bridge of Flowers committee thought it might be a good idea to make hypertufa containers to plant and sell at our Annual Plant Sale on May 19. The decision was made. If you decide you want to have your own copy of this energizing book, Timber Press is offering a Giveaway. Leave a comment on this blog by a week from today at midnight, on May 24 and I will chose a winner at random on May 25.
Five of us ladies got together for our hypertufa party. We gathered assorted materials to use as molds to each make a hypertufa container (otherwise known as a Rustic Lightweight Trough) for ourselves and one for the Bridge Plant Sale.
I was surprised to find out that you don’t whip one of these troughs up one afternoon and plant them the next. You have to think ahead. After you have made your trough (of whatever shape) in your mold, it has to be put in a black plastic trash bag to cure for 24-48 hours. Because we had our ‘party’ when the weather was still quite cold (but not below freezing) we all chose to let our troughs cure in their bags for nearly a week. We were all very careful using our goggles, dust masks and rubber gloves, and I was so busy that I never got any photos that day. Lorene gives full directions beginning with an ingredients list – and I want to say that I have some leftover materials to make more troughs. There is also an equipment list. All those dusk masks, etc., and then step by step directions.
As suggested, I rinsed mine off several times with a hose to wash out some of the alkalinity provided by the cement and let some of our rains practice their scrubbing on them. Lorene recommends not planting the troughs for at least three weeks from construction day, and I just barely held myself in check long enough.
Our group intended the troughs for succulents, but Lorene has other suggestions. I also noticed directions for making a succulent container out of galvanized gutter which may be my next project, unless I decide I need the neat hose guides more urgently.
Lorene Edwards Forkner is clearly the type of person who goes shopping in her basement, attic and garage before she runs out to buy some expensive garden art or equipment. But, I’ve been thinking that all the upcoming tag and yard sales might also be good places to gather material for some of these projects.
Some of the troughs we made
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