Snap, Sizzle, Pop: 6 Benefits of Lighting a Campfire

With the promise of warmer weather right around the corner, many outdoor adventurers are dreaming up plans for summer campouts. For many, nights spent around the campfire are the highlight of their camping experience. Humanity’s ancestors relied on fire for food, safety, and warmth in a world far removed from modern technology. Today, campfires are […]

Top 5 Vegetables to Grow over Winter

The vegetable garden is the pride and joy of every ardent gardener. Just because the weather outside has turned cold and winter is coming, that doesn’t mean you can’t grow veggies in your garden. If you think that winter and gardening don’t mix well, you should think again. There are a number of hardy veggies […]

Nine reasons you need to get rid of your lawn!

The view from my office door

I’ve been a ‘no-lawn’ advocate for at least the last 25 years. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, why do so many millions of us get out every weekend and mow our lawns? OK, if you’ve got young children, you’re excused for […]

How everyone, everywhere, can compost – yes, even you!

How compost can save our world

By Ashley Baxter and Hey Monty! No matter where you live, everyone can and should be composting. Of course, not all of us can be running a large-scale, 50-tonne windrow operation out of our backyard or tiny apartment balcony. But there are alternatives for practically every lifestyle. Here are three different ways to compost your […]

Here’s Why You Should Rip Up that Lawn

An organic vegetable garden

How much does the straw in your soda or the plastic cup you’re holding contribute to a problem as colossal as climate change? You want a cleaner, safer world. You care about the environment and you know the decisions you make each day can make a difference. But where does one start? The answer just might be […]

Glowing driveways and paths

Glowing Driveway and Paths

Want to have a different-looking driveway or path from the rest of the neighbourhood? It’s possible with glow stones! As you may have guessed, making your driveway glow in the dark is not an inexpensive project. But there are many sources for this kind of material. You can find lots of glowing stones online, that […]

Trellis From Recycled Materials

Trellis From Recycled Materials

Need a simple trellis that won’t cost you ‘an arm and a leg’? Making your own garden trellis has never been this easy or cheap! These trellises won’t cost you a fortune as they’re made from materials that would have been thrown away. These include old bike rims, bed frames, ladders, screen doors, and a […]

Recycled Tire Rim BBQ and Fire Pit

OK – tough choice coming up… you can either buy an expensive ( millions like them) barbecue grill or you can make a absolute one-off from  junk? Oh, did we mention this one is sure to be a great conversation starter! Grab some old car or truck rims and you’re already half way there! You might already have some sitting in  your […]

Welcome to the world of natural swimming ponds!

So much nicer than the traditional pool - a living swimming pond by Biotop

If you ask Wikipedia, “A natural swimming pool or natural swimming pond (NSP) is a system consisting of a constructed body of water, where the water is contained by an isolating membrane or membranes, in which no chemicals or devices that disinfect or sterilize water are used, and all clarifying and purifying of the water is achieved through biological […]

Is a natural swimming pond the solution to swimming pool headaches?

Water feature or swimming pool – you decide! Designed and built by Biotop Natural Pools.

If you’ve got a pool, you know the routine. Everyone’s happy to use it but you’re the bunny that has to maintain it! Doesn’t it make you wonder that while many homeowners consider it a necessity, others see it as a daily burden and a disaster waiting and begging to happen? It’s a fact that […]