What is Hypertufa??

Hypertufa ... A Mud-Pie Recipe That Is Used to Make All Sorts of Garden Art Objects Hypertufa is perfect for making long lasting garden troughs (plant containers), fake rocks and boulders, stepping stones, wonderfully whimsical garden spheres and all sorts of decorative garden accents. Smooth it over a form … [Read more...]

Large Hypertufa or Concrete Leaf – Reinforcement Options?

What Can Be Used to Add Inner Reinforcement to Large Hypertufa and Concrete Leaf Castings? I received an email from Jill M. asking me: Hi Claudia, I get your emails about gardening, concrete projects and many other things. I have a time sensitive question that I am hoping you can address either personally or in one of your mass mailings. There … [Read more...]

Large Garden Lady Sculpture – Hypertufa or Concrete?

Should I Use a Hypertufa or Concrete Recipe For a Large Reclining Lady Garden Sculpture? I received an email from Jan asking me: I am soooo excited about finding your site. My sister in Texas found this site for me. I live in Michigan, mid part of the mitt part. I am in the process of doing a 5 FT sculpture outside, which will stay outside, … [Read more...]

Hypertufa Project Disaster! Was It the Old Peat Moss?

After 13 Years of Hypertufa Success ... Disaster Strikes! Why?? Cinda emailed me today and asked: Hi Claudia ... I have been following your site for almost 2 years and finally have a question. I moved and it's been over a year since I've been able to make some hypertufa projects. I have been playing with hypertufa for over 13 years. I JUST made a … [Read more...]

Hypertufa Toes for a Troll Head Garden Art Display

What's the Best Way to Make Large Toes to Complete a Mossy Troll Head? I received an email from Tracy S. asking me: I am new to hypertufa projects and came across your website and thought this might be the solution I was looking for to help me with a project I started and am now stuck on. I have made a troll head out of dirt complete with moss … [Read more...]

Vermiculite for Hypertufa Recipes or Gardening Purposes

Vermiculite - An Ingredient in Some Hypertufa Recipes and a Great Additive for Garden Soil I get emails from time-to-time asking where to find vermiculite, which is mentioned as an ingredient in many hypertufa recipes, such as two that are provided in my article: Four Great Hypertufa Recipes. So I thought I'd provide some background information … [Read more...]

How Much Liquid Fortifier To Use In Hypertufa & Concrete Recipes

Admixes? Liquid Fortifiers? Acrylic Strengtheners?What Is Their Purpose and How Much To Add To Your Hypertufa and Concrete Recipes I get emails quite often asking me about "liquid fortifiers" and exactly what are they, what do they "do", and how much should be put into a 'tufa or concrete recipe. So, today I'll share what I do know about using … [Read more...]

Selling Your Hypertufa Garden Art

How Much Can I Charge for My Homemade Hypertufa Garden Art Items? I get asked this question on a pretty regular basis. and just the other day I received another private email asking me about this, so I thought I'd put the question and my reply here for everyone to learn from. … [Read more...]

Concrete Calculator – How To Figure Ingredient Quantities

How to Calculate Amount of Portland Cement and Other Ingredients for Garden Art Projects I received an email the other day from Tess asking me: Hi! We are going to try to make a 4 ft diameter millstone garden fountain out of hypertufa. I believe your recipe for the Hypertufa Recipe With Fiber Mesh for Added Strength is the way to go. Any idea … [Read more...]

How-to Tips For Making Hypertufa Flagstones For A Patio

D-I-Y Hypertufa Flagstone Project Questions I received an email from a sweet lady named P.J. asking me about how doable a "large" DIY hypertufa flagstone project might be and I think lots of you can benefit from her questions and my answers. So here goes: Hi Claudia, I love your website and blog and I have been reading all your info about … [Read more...]