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Today's THV

Enjoy Chris Olsen's Todays THV segment titled "Todays Home" on KTHV during the Friday 5pm Newscast and again during the Saturday Morning Show. Visit the Today's Home page here.  


April 20th, 2012 - Make your own Hypertufa!

Ever heard of hypertufa? No? Well believe it or not it's a term used in many home and garden circles. And Chris Olsen tells you more about it in Today's Home.

I'm at a Home and Garden show and who did I run into? Kandy Jones! Now Kandy you make this wonderful product which is Hypertufa. Now, what is Hypertufa?

Kandy says, "Hypertufa is a lightweight rock that I make using Portland cement, Peat moss, sand and various other aggregates. It is absolutely wonderful for the garden because it's water permeable. It absorbs moisture and slowly gives it back to the plant if you use it for a planter. I have a Dogwood Tree that is over 80 years old. I made stepping stones underneath it and after two droughts and every tree in the neighborhood lost its leaves except mine."

But does it crack in the winter? Kandy says, "No not at all because it actually absorbs moisture and the total thing freezes."

What is it made of and how do you do it. Kandy says, "It's made of Peat moss, sand, Portland Cement and various other natural ingredients. You can use anything for a mold. From a Pizza box for a stepping stone and even a big ole leaf like I have here. So when you mix it together you just mix it until it becomes like a pasty consistency?

Kandy has a book that they can purchase that will tell them exactly how to do it at

I like it what a perfect project you can do yourself and great for children to create as well. Kids go crazy. I love it and you can customize anything you want. So if you have nothing to do this weekend here's a perfect project for you.


April 13th, 2012 - Unique Alligator Skin Walls - click here

April 6th, 2012 - Two great looks for your yard - click here

March 30th, 2012 - Shining light on collectibles - click here

March 23rd, 2012 - Bring Spring flowers indoors - click here

March 16th, 2012 - Terraniums are all the rage - click here

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flowers are here - click here

February 24th, 2012 - Vines on Trees - click here

February 17th, 2012 - Creating a Great Water Feature - click here

February 10th, 2012 - Buying Pottery in the Winter - click here

February 3rd, 2012 - Trimming in your yard - click here

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