Here you go Cindy, have fun!
were written by Tom Moore of Bardstown, Ky. Great
What we do is in red. They
are for troughs built from the bottom up. You can also build them
the top down, starting with the
opening on the bottom, turning the trough over after a couple of days.
let trough sit for more than a
couple of days before removing the mold, the concrete shrinks and makes
it hard to remove it. And
it may cause the trough to crack.
We cover our molds with
plastic. You can use almost anything as a mold, large mixing bowls, turkey
plastic tubs. Just make
sure there are no indentions or protrusions to catch on. To make Harry and
frog I used a bucket, I filled the lip with wet sand. Harry was
from the top down, bucket turned upside down,
the frog was from the bottom
up. You can also dig a hole in the
ground and line it with plastic or wet sand
and form the trough in it.
Bringing it out after a couple of days to cure.
Measure by Volume Dry
3 parts peat moss sieved through 1/4 in.
3 parts perlite (here we substitute zonilite)
2 parts Portland Cement (do not
handful fiber mesh (available from cement
redi-mix dealers) (here we substitute Acrylic
Fixative or Hardener)
Wear a mask to measure and mix dry
ingredients, rubber gloves (the cement will dry your hands
Mix all material thoroughly, then add water to
the consistency of dry cottage cheese.
Use a heavy cardboard box as a mold or fill
lighter weight with damp sand for strength. Draw a line around the box at
the point you want for the interior depth of the trough.
Place the box on a piece of plywood or similar
and draw lines on the plywood 1 1/2 in. outside the box in each direction.
Use 2 in. for large troughs, 1 in. for very small.
Remove the box and fill the area inside the
lines to a depth of 1 1/2 - 2 in.
Use a stick, pencil or similar to make
drainage holes. Don't place close to edge.
Center the box on the bottom you have make and
construct the walls working your way around the box a couple inches at a
time. Do not try to make one side and then go to the next. Try not
to smooth the walls out by overworking. Rough walls look more
If your mix becomes too dry add a small amount
of water. Wet mixes are weak.
Let the trough dry overnight them carefully
remove the box. Let it dry another night then carefully lift it from the
plywood. Moving the trough so the edge hangs over the edge of the table
and bending the plywood down and away from the bottom makes this easier.
Poke out the drainage holes and run hands over the bottom edges of the trough to
smooth them just a bit at this point. Let the trough sit a few days then
smooth it or tough it up, whatever it needs to please your eye. Put it in
a cool spot and let it cure for a month. (I let mine
cure for a week, then sponged it down with a vinegar water bath. 1 part
vinegar to 4 parts water. I let it sit overnight, then rinsed well.
Let sit for several days to dry and then