A living roof after five years

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In 2010/11, we planted out the first living roof on a home in Wellington. It’s been just fine. The initial plants were a mix of succulents, seddums, and native ground cover. The roof has enough variation of sun, wind, and shade that some did well in areas, some in others, and nothing died out. Since then, koromiko …

Living roof for the shed: Which plants are still alive?

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Most of them, it seems. Currently, nineteen out of twenty-one haven’t kicked the bucket. Here’s what the roof looked like as planted, back in May. And today: Currently exploding are the carex secta, virgata, and fagillifera, at the top of the roof in the driest and windiest part. Down at the bottom of the slope, …

A living roof for the shed

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I wanted to put a living roof on the shed, to match the house, to reduce the visual impact of the shed upon the neighbours, but mostly replace the natural habitat taken away by the shed. The roof on the house has been just fine, although we have some weeding to do. For a shed, …

More floor

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We’re planning on moving into the house at the end of this month, hence we’re cracking on. The builders are back next week, so we’re trying to get the floor finished off now. Thus linseed oil. Lots of linseed oil (and fuvenusrs‘ builders crack): In other news, the green roof is working out rather well. …

The first green roof on a house in Wellington

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So this weekend, we (meaning tieke, myself, and a veritable horde of helpers) moved nine cubic metres of soil up two storeys onto the roof, spread it, leveled it, and made a good start on the planting. Look, there’s a Ranty Dave: And then you spread the earth across the drainage mat on the roof. …

Planting the green roof – Conveyor belts are awesome

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Today we had a moderate horde, less unruly than most hordes. We got all the setup done and maybe 60% of the earth moved from car deck to roof. Tomorrow there’s more earth to move and we’ll get into the planting. More pics in the week, but for now: And if you want to help …

We can has horde?

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This weekend we’ll be planting our green roof, the first residential green roof in Wellington. We fought the Council for a year to get this through and part of our motivation is to make this easier for the next people who want a green roof. We could definitely do with a hand. We’ve already got …