Love the look of stone, but not the weight and expense? With a little time and a few supplies, you can make your own planters from hypertufa.

Love the look of stone, but not the weight and expense? With a little time and a few supplies, you can make your own planters from hypertufa.

Hypertufa is a mix of water, Portland cement, peat moss or coconut fiber, and either sand, perlite, or vermiculite. The hypertufa mix is molded into a form and left to cure. Hypertufa planters are porous and drain well, so they make a perfect home for succulents and rock garden plants.

A workshop will be held 2-4 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Gulf County Extension Office at 232 E. Lake Ave. in Wewahitchka. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. Workshop registration is $20. Participants will create a hypertufa planter to take home! The process is messy, so be sure to wear old clothes. Contact the Gulf County Extension Office to register at 639-3200.

Supporting information from “Gardening in a Minute”, UF/IFAS Extension: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/giam/shows/transcripts/2011/nov/hypertufa.pdf

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