How to Make Tabby Walls

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How to Make Tabby Walls. Tabby - an old-fashioned concrete that is riddled with sea shells - was once common in the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. You can resurrect this method of creating small garden walls by following this traditional recipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Portland Cement
  • Concrete Forms
  • Oyster Seashells
  • Garden Hoses
  • Oak Logs
  • Sand
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Shovels
  • Carts Or Wheelbarrows
  • Burn a few dry oak logs down to ash.

  • Add to the hot embers some oyster shells that have been bleached in the sun.

  • Burn the oyster shells down to ash. This mixture of oak and oyster shell ashes makes an old-fashioned form of lime, the binding agent in cement.

  • Mix the lime with sand and water. This makes the cement that binds the aggregate together.

  • Add to the cement some oyster shells that have been thoroughly washed.

  • Cast the concrete in wood forms to create walls, blocks or paving stones.

  • Remove the forms when the concrete is set, and scrub the surface to remove the excess cement and expose the shells.

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