Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map!

How to Make Tabby Walls

By Contributor

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.

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.


Things You Will Need

  • Portland Cement
  • Concrete Forms
  • Oyster Seashells
  • Garden Hoses
  • Oak Logs
  • Sand
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Shovels
  • Carts Or Wheelbarrows

About the Author

This article was written by a professional writer, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information. To submit your questions or ideas, or to simply learn more, see our about us page: link below.