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.
Always mix the dry parts first, then add your water. , Gardening: Plants and Gardens
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.
I love this stuff...
My favorite mix is..
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.
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.
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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