Making a Hypertufa Planter From An Old Fire Pit
Hello again! I wanted to show you the hypertufa bowl that I made last fall. It is about 30 inches in diameter, and I have it planted since last fall. Survived nicely. The only problem is it's very heavy and that is a hindrance for me because I constantly like to move things!
I have the directions on the blog post here. But I will let you know the basics. I made this last fall, and planted it then too.
I started with an old rusted fire pit that I found at a garage sale for $1. I thought the bowl would make the perfect shape for a planter.
I made up the cement/peat moss/vermiculite mixture which is hypertufa, and pressed it into the bowl . I made sure to go over the lip so it could sit inside the stand that the fire pit usually uses.
This is the large bowl that I ended up with. It is very heavy and thick. It should last years and years. In Ohio's winter last year, it held up fine.
I have it planted with sedums and succulents which I felt were winter hardy for my zone. The Chinese sedum didn't survive, but I will let that go due to the exceptionally hard winter we had.
This spring, it was nice and I planted a dianthus and a lewisia in it and they bloomed so nicely. I added a little ceramic bird. ( I should have taken a picture when the blossoms were full.)
This is the front garden with some blue ajuga in bloom on the right. It made a pretty vignette for my front entrance. That little path is the path to the water faucet. Hope you like it. I have all the directions for making hypertufa on the website. It is fun, messy, but rewarding.
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