I've read most of the forum info, have two Sherry Hunter books, , got all of my tools together, the right hypertufa mixture that would be so awesome in my yard, no more buying expensive planters, plus looking so cool and through the ages...
Well.. here's my nightmare..!
OMG, it started out great, We used an old stryofoam cooler, DH cut some pipes to use as drainage holes, put in all of the wire. Mixed the concrete, perlite etc. You are supposed to put another heavy container inside to form the inner walls, Well As I was adjusting the planter, (note don't do that) I thought everything was back on track but I kept wondering why it was taking more mix than I planned. When I unveiled the dang thing., the pipe holes intended for drainage, had been filled in, so no place to let the water run off.
Instead of a deep planter trough, the bottom concrete/tufa concoction was so thick, the pot was only 3" deep
and it was so heavy, I couldn't budge it and my DH almost got a hernia trying to lift . Some lightweight hypertufa indeed. I've been told to stay away from the mud patties for awhile.
So if you wonder why I've been doing jewelry
you now know the story
It's a real shame, because it is so very cool to make something from scratch.. I'm not ready to give up the whole idea, though, just biding my time until he forgets about it. it's a shame the errant trough is sitting by the garbagecans waiting to be broke up and put in the trash.