Aging of porous materials

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Alice

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Aging of porous materials
« on: February 12, 2013, 04:48:08 PM »
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Spraying with a milk solution? That is exactly what I have been advised to do if I am trying to make an 'aged' look on new stone in garden walls. And it is said to improve the look of new relief stone carving.
Joanna, I understand that yoghurt can be used to age terracotta pots and brick.
Amateur gardener who has gardened in north London and now gardens part of the year on the Cycladic island of Paros. Conditions: coastal, windy, annual rainfall 350mm, temp 0-35 degrees C.

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Alisdair

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Re: Aging of porous materials
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2013, 06:03:53 PM »
In the separate thread on spraying grapes that Alice refers to, David Bracey suggests using a dilute solution of farmyard manure for ageing stone etc. We tried this (in the UK) on some new stone paving slabs to blend them in more quickly with older ones, and it worked well.
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