Barren to Beautiful in One Hour


This post was originally published in 2011
It may contain stale & outdated information. Or it may have grown more awesome with age, like the author.

We recently moved, from our 4th story apartment in the center of town to a 2nd story apartment just out of the CBD. Our old place was great because of excellent ventilation and an absolute lack of the typical “Hamilton Swamp Damp” that has inflicted itself on use in almost every house prior.

Our new place, while having newer and more opulent fittings, is situated above a business that tends to use some rather harsh chemicals on occasion. This, combined with a general lack of windows ( it has skylights and one wall that opens almost completely – but no windows ) means that the air quality isn’t the greatest.

Enter Google, and I find found a few sites listing plants that have been shown to filter various harmful toxins from the air and generally improve air quality – Clean Air Gardening and Fine Art ‘n Tips. For a much more in-depth discussion of the plants and their properties, check those links out! A quick trip to a garden center and viola – our pristine ( but barren ) apartment is now littered with various houseplants!

I’ve no idea how I’m going to be able to tell if they “work”, but they have definitely made the place more visually attractive! So much so that I’ve gone out of my way to find empty places that could accommodate a plant or two, even which type of plant should be used.

Thanks Internet!

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