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 11, 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     The Southside Virginia Herb Society will also be at the Farmer's Market from 8 to 11 a.m. with herbal treats for tasting and a special display on drying herbs.  Herbs are easy to grow, provide ingredients for making delicious meals and add beauty to the garden.  Heres de Provence, herbal butter and herbal booklets will be for sale.

     As always, the freshest local produce and homegrown and homemade items will be available for sale.  What a great opportunity to support your friends and neighbors and feed your family the best food available.  See you there!

Master Gardeners Tommy Conner, Linda Singer and Agnes Gregory mix up

the hypertufa ingredients.  Easy enoough for kids to do.  Join in the fun on

July 11th at the Halifax Farmers Market and make your own container.