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Making cement planter


one of the TV gardening programs this year contained a short clip on how to make your own garden planter / alpine trough using cement. I would like to try this out for myself but cannot remember where I have seen it. Can anyone remember this clip and tell me on which programme it was shown? 

Thanks, Susanne 




  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    I remember seeing something on The Beechgrove Garden recently.

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  • paulk2paulk2 Posts: 184
  • paulk2paulk2 Posts: 184

    The Beechgrove Garden one was the one made from the polystyrene fish basket.

  • Suse2015Suse2015 Posts: 2

    Thank you to both of you! I will give it a go tomorrow!


  • WinelightWinelight Posts: 1

    I recall BGG back in the eighties when they made something like it made from a cement/peat mix. They used card board for inner and outer support, like a mould. It was a simple matter to round off the edges and pour milk around it to encourage lichen.

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,050

    It's called hypertufa if you want to research it. Lots of recipes on the net.

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  • Eve HirstEve Hirst Posts: 1

    I watched that gardeners world episode and am desperate to make some of the alpine troughs.  Problem is there's a few ingredients and he doesnt say what the mix ratios are.  Anyone got any idea what they are?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 81,465
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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,050

    I've made them as well. I think it was quite a strong mix I used - could have been 1 of cement to 4 of sharp sand.

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