Hypertufa

The Southside Master Gardeners will hold a make and take hypertufa workshop at the Halifax Farmers Market from 8 to 11 a.m. on July 13. Cost for the workshop is $5 to cover all the supplies and materials needed, but it can get messy, so old clothes are suggested.

The Southside Master Gardeners will hold a make and take hypertufa workshop at the Halifax Farmers Market from 8 to 11 a.m. on July 13. Cost for the workshop is $5 to cover all the supplies and materials needed, but it can get messy, so old clothes are suggested.

Hypertufa is the art of mixing Portland cement, sphagnum peat moss, perlite and water to make stone-like garden pots. The mixture can be made into many different shapes depending on what is used for molds. Boxes, bowls and old flowerpots can be used.

Hypertufa pots have the appearance of an alpine trough, but are much lighter and easier to handle. They can add a natural, organic look to one’s landscape. Unlike clay pots, hypertufa does not crack if left outside over the winter. Sedums and hens and chicks are good plants for the containers and winter hardy.

Hypertufa is fun to make and easy enough for kids to participate. Bring out the family to the Halifax Farmers Market on July 13 and have fun making one’s own hypertufa container.

As always, the freshest local produce and homegrown and homemade items will be available for sale. Visit the indoor market for a variety of special crafts, homemade soaps and lotions and collectibles.