Here is the basic blueprint of the bog my brother and I constructed in our backyard late last year. It is composed of two tubs, one large undrained tub and a smaller tub within the other one. The smaller one is supported by bricks so the top sticks up above the top of the larger tub slightly. It has a pipe in one end which extends half way into the tub to the middle bottom of the small tub. This pipe has screening on the outside end and is filled with dead long fibered sphagnum moss.
The inside tub is filled with a mix of peat and perlite with a little bit of sand. The outer tub is filled with water, creating a "moat" and water resevoir around the smaller tub. The "moat" has mostly duckweed, with a layer of u. gibba and other utrics and aquatic plants beneath. The snail population controlls the algae.
The pipe protruding through the bottom of the small tub (not installed yet in pic) keeps the peat constantly moist as long as the water level in the out bog is at or above the pipe opening at the bottom of the small bog. The soil level inside the small tub varies depending on the water needs of the individual colonies of plants. A pipe protrudes from the outside middle of the outer tub and has an elbow, so the hight end of the pipe can be adjusted by twisting the pipe. Thus the maximum water level in and around the bog can be controlled in rainfall. [img]http://home.**********.com/noah/images/bogfinall.jpg[/img]
In the bog we planted sarracenia (leucophylla, alata, rubra, psittacina, and a small oreophila), drosera (mostly capillaris, though also a colonies of capensis, binata, binata dichotoma giant, and a few other rosetted species).
The pings are probably moranensis?
Oh, and of course, the venus flytraps....
The bog is VERY low maintainence, requiring only occaisonal (about once a week) adding of water. The plants feed themselves [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
[img]http://home.**********.com/noah/images/capensis2.jpg[/img]<p>Comments would be appreciated [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
(Edited by noah at 11:24 pm on May 9, 2002)
(Edited by noah at 4:40 am on May 10, 2002)