Rivercities Garden Club

Meeting 11/07/10

Program - Christmas Gifts for the Garden - do it yourself projects in time for Christmas

Hypertufa planters

Materials needed:

·         Portland cement

·         Sphagnum moss

·         Perlite

·         A mold

·         Kitchen spray

·         Rubber gloves

·         Sticks or a drill for drain holes


Mix equal amounts of cement, moss, and perlite.  Mix completely.  Then add water slowly so as not to make the mixture too watery.  The consistency of the mixture should be somewhat softer than modeling clay but thick enough so that it will support itself on the side of the mold and not flow.

 Spray the inside of the mold with kitchen spray so that you can get the planter out of the mold .  Layer the mixture on the sides and bottom of the mold so that it is about 1 to 1  ½ inches thick.  Either put sticks the size of a pencil through the bottom for drain holes or use a cement drill after the planter has dried.  Let the hypertufa dry for several days.  It will take a couple weeks to completely cure at which time you may use it.

Reference:  The Artistic Garden


perlitesphagnum mossportland cement 
tufa_mixfill moldtufa planter
hypertufa planters
tufa basketpansies in hypertufa planter 

    Concrete Leaf Birdbaths

    Materials needed:

    ·         Premix concrete (approximately 40 lbs.) Use very small aggregate.

    ·         Sand (approximately 40 lbs.)

    ·         Rubber Gloves

    ·         Acrilic paint & brushes – your choice of colors

    ·         Concrete sealer

    ·         Two sheets of plastic such as an opened plastic bag

    ·         A large leaf such as elephant ears


    Select the leaf that you wish to use.  Place a sheet of plastic on a table or the ground.  Build a pile of sand about 4 inches high and a bit larger than the leaf.  Put another piece of plastic over the sand pile.

     Mix the concrete adding water so that it doesn’t get too watery.  It should be firm enough so that it doesn’t flow.  First place a thin layer of softer concrete on the leaf so that the details of the leaf can be copied.  Then place a drier layer of  concrete over the leaf making the thickness about 1 inch over the edges gradually increasing till the thickness is about 2 inches over the center.

     Let the concrete dry for a few days before trying to move it.  If the concrete is not completely dry it is possible it would fracture when you try to pick it up.  Then paint it as desired then use a clear concrete sealer so that freezing won't crack it in the winter..


    Making a Sand Cast Birdbath  Garden Gate Magazine http://www.gardengatemagazine.com/extras/53birdbath1.php

    sand pile
    leaf on sand
    leaf with cement
    completed concrete
    completed leaf birdbath

    Peg's Pumpkin Pie - Thanksgiving cake

    Ingredients: Directions:

    1 1/2 cup sugar

    4 Eggs

    1 large can of evaporate milk

    1 tsp cinnamon

    1 1/2 can pumpkin

    Mix together as a pumpkin pie and
    put into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan

    1 box yellow cake mix (two layers)

    1 cup butter

    1 cup chopped pecans

    Sprinkle cake mix (dry) over pumpkin mixture
    Drizzle butter over cake mix.
    Sprinkle nuts on top the cake


    The Speaker -  Tom Reilly

    Tom ReillyTom Reilly is a physician having lived in Shreveport for the past 30 years.  He had to learn these techniques really fast because the lady person who was supposed to do the demonstration was unable to do so. 

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