Recipes for Concrete and Hypertufa

 


Article by: Delmar Germyn

This will not be THE list, but is a list of mixes that I use most. There are hundreds more and as you gain experience you will develop mixes of your own.

For ornamental concrete , Cast Aluminum Furniture casting you can forget about the "standard" mixes. There is to much aggregate in them. You want a fine mix that will bring out detail.

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CONCRETE

Here are some to start you off...

I - This is the one I use the most.

1 - cement 3 - sand , Best Florists Online Enough water , CO2 for 'Free' to get a pourable mix. Like pancake mix. You can change , Spring Wild Flowers this to 2 parts sand , Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) if your mold has very fine detail. A better way is to try to get finer sand , 5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Can't Live Without and stick with the 3 part mix.

II - for stepping stones, , Landscaping Tips curbs, and anything that will be subject to heavy traffic use this:

1 - cement 2 - sand , Gardening: Plants and Gardens 3 - aggregate. Enough water , Landscaping Combo Auto Detailing Business? to get a heavy mix. This is the "standard" mix. This should just barely pour. If you have to scoop it that is OK.

HYPERTUFA

I love this stuff...

My favorite mix is..

I-

1 - cement 1 - peat moss 1 - sand Enough water , Garden Ponds to get a mix that you can pick up and form a ball with.

A couple of notes:

When buying peat, be sure it has no fertilizer added. Some does, and it will not cure properly.

I have found it best to soak the peat overnight.

II-

You can replace the peat with potting mix. Be sure there is no fertilizer. Potting mix has Perlite in it and makes an interesting textured surface.

III-

1 - cement 1 - Vermiculite 1 - sand 1 - peat This is a real nice mix with an interesting surface when dry.

I have used wood , The Secret To Healthier Plants? Let's Ask My Grandfather shavings, paper out of the shredder, , Dangers in the Garden: Animals sawdust, and even lawn , Daylily Just Plum Happy clippings.

Anything dry I always soak for at least 12 hours before using.

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