The bigger a pot, the more it costs. Why not make your own inexpensive container, one that can withstand the test of time and the elements?Susan Morgan
Patterned after the real stone troughs once used to water livestock in England, the modern-day hypertufa trough is considerably more lightweight and can be fashioned into a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, as determined by its creator — you. Due to the durable materials with which they're constructed, these containers are able to withstand the elements and only look better with time. Once you get the hang of constructing these homemade containers, you'll be making them in no time at all.
Due to the durable materials with which they're constructed, these containers are able to withstand the elements and only look better with time.
Be sure to gather all of your materials prior to starting this project.
Prepare your mold ahead of time so you can easily dump the mix into it when ready.
If you desire a more textured look on the outside of the trough, screening is not necessary.
If you choose to include a dye, add enough so that the entire mixture is colored.
Be careful to add just the right amount of water to your mix.
You can adjust your consistency by adding either more water or more mix until it is just right.
Pack your mold from the bottom up.
Pack the mixture firmly into the mold and begin to smooth the rim.
Wooden dowels allow for drainage.
Avoid using objects with smooth surfaces, such as marbles, because they have a tendency to break loose.
Be sure to remove the trough from the mold carefully.
To age more quickly, douse the outside with manure tea, diluted buttermilk or yogurt.
Once your trough has fully cured, you are ready for planting. First, place a small piece of screen or pantyhose over the drainage holes to keep soil from washing away.
If you have any leftover mixture, use it to create "feet" for your trough to aid in drainage. Or make your own garden art.