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27-09-2005, 10:22 AM
I was wondering if anyone has managed to build a stable ecological swimming pool? The system I am interested in uses wetland plants to recycle and remove excess nutrients and cascade water systems to increase oxygen levels in the water. The model I am refering to was vauguly outlined in the Permaculture Designer's Manual but the plants to be used in the adjacent "wetland" pond are a mistery to me. Could anyone suggest plant species suitable for a northern climate, plant dormant winters? I live in Canada, 2 hours north-west of Toronto, Ontario.
Thanks for any help you can offer.
28-09-2005, 08:09 PM
Not sure if this is right ... But here is a fairly good article..
http://www.motherearthnews.com/library/ ... ming_Pools (http://www.motherearthnews.com/library/2002_August_September/Natural_Swimming_Pools)
28-09-2005, 08:19 PM
For all you Aussies... Just been reading about these amazing things...
This place has a Rep in Byron..
28-09-2005, 09:43 PM
I love the idea of a natural pool, there are so many variations on the theme and so of them are rather complex with evem more piping, pumping, skimming etc than a conventional pool, but no chlorine which is good..
Personally I prefer the more simple designs with no pumping involved,more like a well designed dam specifically for swimming, as well as a being a back up water supply..
Shablam, I think the best bet would be to look at plants which are growing aroung the area you live in ponds and boggy areas, maybe visit some pond or aquarium shops in your area, they will have advice and ideas on plants which are suitable to your area..
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