Gorgeous Green House

The Renovation Journey of a 1940’s ‘Traditional’ to 2015 ‘Contemporary, Green & Gorgeous’


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Make Compost with Grass (only). Who Knew?

Conventional composting wisdom dictates that the best compost is a mixture of brown (leaves, twigs etc) and green (lawn weeds etc).

Leaves will also break down into wonderful compost though a bit more slowly.  I shared my leaf ‘cage’ idea in the post of 10 June but check out this guy and his ‘cage’ with grass only:


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Manage the Mozzies While Building

Turn you smelly old pool into a pond and attract wildlife like this beautiful Malachite Kingfisher

If you are renovating over several months and there is a pool on your property the odds are that within a short time it will turn into a mozzie infested swamp.  Not much fun being nibbled by these creatures and additionally the pool will be smelly and unpleasant to look at.

Paparus planted on the pool steps

Paparus planted on the pool steps

Why not turn it into a pond in the interim?  This healthy vibrant eco-system can be a lot more pleasant than the stagnant alternative.

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

I started by planting water plants in pots (gravel only) and positioning them on the pool steps.  Plants oxygenate and filter toxins in the water making it habitable.

I then added indigenous Tilapia.  These are the guys that eat the mosquito larvae.  The breed like rabbits so you really just need a few to start.  I’m hoping they get big enough to harvest.  Additional bonus!

Tilapia eat mozzie larvae

Tilapia eat mozzie larvae

This may not be the most beautiful pond you’ve ever seen, but even with the builder’s rubble that has ended up in it, it is a wonderful life affirming space, attracting visitors like the beautiful Kingfisher and this very entertaining family of Egyptian Geese.

Egyptian Geese Family

Egyptian Geese Family

Lots of fun too!