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 […]

Do swimming pools really add more value to your property?

Pools - benefit or burden?

Before adding a pool to your home, it pays to consider your medium term intentions. Will you still be living there in five years? Will your children still be living at home? A pool is a major expense. But is it an investment in anything more than leisure? A pool can increase the resale value […]

The Case of the Disappearing Bee

Can you imagine breakfast without coffee or life without chocolate? No apples or pears, citrus, watermelon, tomatoes or berries? No grapes for the table or your wine? You may have to because nature’s pollinators are under significant threat of extinction. When most of us think of bees, we think of the honey bee shown above. But the […]

Orange Peels Turn Lifeless Land Into A Fertile Forest

Orange peel as a fertilizer

Don’t believe everything you read online. I learned this the other day when I was browsing the internet. I came across an article about how 12,000 tonnes of orange peel turned a lifeless piece of land in Costa Rica into a fertile forest. The land, deforested and barren, returned to its native state. I did […]

Trees, the environment and the simple art of breathing…

Why we need trees - 1

I live on the edge of suburbia. When I came here, it was literally where the suburbs transformed to farms and forest. Our home is, or more correctly was, located in a transition zone of small acreage. In fact, the zoning is classified as ‘Parkland Living’ – an area that rejoiced in native flora and […]