Hypertufa coming to the Halifax Farmers Market

The Southside Master Gardeners will hold a make and take hypertufa workshop at the Halifax Farmers Market on July 8th from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost for the workshop is $6 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 your 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. The Southside Virginia Herb Society will be at the market with herbal cookies and herbal cookbooks. Possibly some plants. All purchases support their annual scholarship. Preston Simpson, Halifax County High School, was this year’s recipient. Hypertufa is fun to make and easy enough for kids to participate. Bring out the family to the Halifax Farmers Market on July 8th and have fun making your 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. What a great opportunity to support your friends and neighbors and feed your family the best food available. See you there!