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Hypertufa – How It’s Made

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Hypertufa is something like an artificial stone which was invented as a substitute for the natural volcanic rock called Tufa. It’s a tufa resembling material used to make a wide variety of garden art objects. In this article we will see how easy it is to make hypertufa at home.

Hypertufa is made from various ingredients and was developed to replicate the real Tufa rock. It’s a mixture of Portland cement, peat moss, sand, perlite, vermiculite, and water. There are a number of recipes you can mix up. The most basic recipe is sand (or perlite) mixed together with cement and peat moss.

It’s quite amazing what you can do with hypertufa. It’s great for plant containers, pots, planters, troughs, stepping stones, pedestals, columns, leaves, garden spheres, fake rocks and boulders, sculptures, totems, and so on. A great way to spruce up your garden.

Making hypertufa is not much different than a child making mud pies. It’s equally fun. You need a mixture and a mold. For molds you can use all kinds of items you can find around the house. Tupperware, pans, pots, various containters, cardboard boxes, wastebaskets, even halloween masks can come in handy.

Easy Changes You Can Make to Your Yard Now

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

If your like me, I get to watching all those home shows and just get depressed about what I cant afford to do or not skilled enough to do. But last year I decided to start figuring out what I can do with my budget and my skill set, and concentrate on that. It has been one of the best moves I have ever made.

Our culture is all about what you cant do or dont have. I decided to put together a list of what I could do, along with a list of what my friends could do as well. Between all of us there was a plethora of experience, knowledge and talent. I knew my friend may not have time to help me but they would be glad to lend me their knowledge and experience and a few tools, if needed.

My wife and I hen made a list of everything we would like to have or see in the yard. It included things like a greenhouse and storage shed but also had some things like raised beds, flowerbeds and a garden area for growing food and a nice sitting area where we could relax.

Get The Best Ideas About Mother’s Day Gift

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days throughout the world. Mother’s Day is principally celebrated on two days: the smaller one on the fourth Sunday in Lent, from the British tradition of Mothering Sunday and the bigger one is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

The extent of the celebrations for Mother’s Day varies greatly. In some countries, it is almost offensive to one’s mother if her son or daughter dares to forget Mother’s Day. In other places, it is hardly known: it is merely a small festival celebrated by immigrants.

After the first official Mother’s Day, nine years passed. The celebration of significant days and dates became a form of business. This rampant commercialization infuriated Anna Jarvis. To her, Mother’s Day meant something else, it was indeed a very special day. She was so furious, she has even been heard saying that she shouldn’t have pioneered the celebration of such a dayit went out of control, according to her. She was even arrested in 1948 for apparently creating chaos and disorder, by protesting against the commercialization of Mother’s Day.

Bring Your Garden to Life with Solar Decor

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Gardens can come to life with light and sound using solar garden decor. Advances in miniature solar panels have paved the way for solar fountains, garden decor, outdoor lighting, and a host of other options that compliment a yard both day and night.

The most common form of outdoor solar lighting, the lantern, remains a bestseller to this day. What has changed is the variety of materials and styles available to the consumer. Another welcome change is the availability of a single solar panel for a group of lights, allowing for steady performance in shaded areas.

Outdoor string lights have long been a favorite for holidays and parties. Solar-powered string lights allow for constant use without a switch or a plug. Some strings are designed to accommodate pre-made or original Chinese lanterns; others take the form of a rope light.

For landscape lighting of plants, trees and garden decor, directional solar lights can provide a convenient solution. Freedom from an outlet allows placement of a landscape light anywhere the sun can reach, with potential for lighting on all corners of a property.

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