Master Gardeners and Hyper What?

By Laverne Fuller

Hypertufa: what is it and why do you want to know? 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 old stone, but are much lighter and easier to handle. They can add a natural, organic look to your landscape. Unlike clay pots, hypertufa does not crack if left outside over the winter. Join the Southside Master Gardeners at the Halifax Farmer’s Market on Saturday, July 14, from 8 to 11 a.m. to make your own hypertufa pot. The cost is $5 per pot and all materials will be provided. For more information about the Southside Master Gardener program, please call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit their website at or email
As always, the freshest local produce and homegrown and homemade items will be available for sale. Visit the indoor market for a vary of special crafts, homemade soaps and lotions and collectibles. What a great opportunity to support your friends and neighbors and feed your family the best food available. See you there!