Natural swimming pools

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sat, 05/11/2019 - 09:35

In researching design options for clients over the years, I've looked into what's involved in building natural swimming pools -- that is, ponds that stay safe enough for swimming without the use of chemical inputs. Here are some of the best links I've found on the subject:

Organic Pools DIY Manual by David Pagan Butler (PDF, 1.2 MB, 2013)

Modular raised beds with dimensional lumber

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sat, 11/10/2018 - 16:46
In a previous article, I ended by suggesting that raised beds could be made with dimensional lumber (specifically 4' long boards, 1.5" thick) by spacing the posts in a grid 4' apart, although I hadn't yet tried to implement it. I proposed that the uniform bed size would allow a structure such as a chicken tractor, cold frame, or trellis to be moved to any square of bed where it was needed and secured to the boards below.