Dry Spell Gardening

Episode Guide

SUBURBAN

Series 1 · Episode 5

Stay at home mum Kristie, and her chemist husband Simon realised it was time to move their expanding family to a place with more space, and purchased their postwar home in the suburbs three years ago. In doing so they were confronted with the choice of renovating an original home or knocking down and building something more generic. While the cheaper option might have been the latter, they were keen to keep the original features of the house and with an empathetic hand, work with what was already there. With the interior complete they now face the task of dealing with a block just over a quarter acre large. All the original garden features remain almost untouched – the hills hoist, sandstone flagging, “the shed” and the back deck balustrade reminiscent of a 1950’s cruise liner. A common problem faced by most home-owners lies at the back of the house, the connection between the house and garden, and this house is no exception. While Kristie and Simon may not know what to do with the back garden, they do know that they want to recycle their grey water and install a rain tank, but which one? In this episode Brendan gives a vintage garden a new lease on life and demystifies rainwater tanks by exploring what options are available and what type of tank is suitable for your garden.
 
 

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Posted by LisaReport
I loved, loved the succulent cage, instructions on how to create my own would be great
Posted by MichaelReport
Great design Brendan. Well done. And there I was thinking I should replace our original 1970 breeze blocks. Not now. They never looked so cool!
Posted by AnniebagsReport
Loved what Brendan did especially the eco friendly paving. Thought the owners should perhaps have developed a masterplan for future works (growing family)before spending $50K on the yard. That way Brendan could have used this in his focus on the integration of the living/garden spaces.
Posted by trieshardgardenerReport
loved this, the inclusion of lawn and all the pebbles used as ground cover and the curves, also the inclusion of the water tank and making the house and garden one continuous place. Do you know of a pebble supplier in SA. Best yet
Posted by LiddiReport
Loved it ... the design picked up on the cues from the house perfectly! I wish I had the opportunity to unleash these guys on our 'blank canvas'! I was just wondering where they sourced those breeze blocks? If it's possible to let us know, anyone?? We are wanting to use them as a screen in our own yard to mirror a similar feature in our neighbour's garden. that would be fantastic.