Alpine strawberries and herbs find a home in concrete planters, which harken back to the days when stone troughs held water for farm animals.
To make a hypertufa trough, you'll need peat moss, perlite, and Portland cement. Make sure you buy straight Portland cement. You don't want any of the pre-mixed concrete or mortar you'll find on the market.
You'll also need a few ounces of synthetic concrete reinforcing fibers, which strengthen the planters. You can find the fibers at most masonry-supply stores or online.
For mixing the ingredients you'll need a wheelbarrow or any large plastic container. You'll need a sieve or screen to sift the peat moss to remove sticks and lumps. And you'll need a stiff wire brush to remove rough edges. Wear rubber gloves while mixing and handling the mixture because Portland cement will irritate your skin. A small dust mask helps keep perlite dust from irritating your nose and lungs.