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    i live in houston tx my parents already have quite a few plants outside any way my question is what do i need to create an garden of cp's

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    get a big rubbermaid container, add a layer of sand or bog-safe gravel, add 50/50 sand/peat, and add plants. put in full sun. you can bury it if you want. if you want a big one use a kiddie pool.

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    what i would do it maybe dig a hole about 6 inches deep in a shady part of the yard and make it almost like pool and fill it with peat moss ect., but just be smart about it. Maybe put a gaint trashbag in the hole to help hold water. The rubbermaid idea sounds pretty good too. that way it can hold water. decorate it by linning bricks or putting other cool looking plants around it to make it look more like a wild bog.
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    The purpose of the rubbermaid container is not just to help hold in moisture/water. The problem with planting CP's outside, is that 1) chances are your backyard is not a CP environment. Meaning that the dirt in your backyard contains minerals and stuff that will kill CP's.

    This is why you use a plastic kiddy pool, pond liner, or a rubbermaid container. This will help keep that stuff out. If you do bury it I'd suggest having it stick out a few inches above the ground. This way water with contaniments can't get into your bog garden's soil.
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    dirt= minerals and minerals = contanimates? or are you talking about mold?
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    Not all dirt has harmful minerals; dirt composed entirely of organic matter (like peat) and inert solids (like perlite) is OK for CPs because it doesn't contain any minerals that can dissolve into water. True, perlite is a volcanic rock, which is a mineral, and peat is derived from organic processes that originated with minerals, but the point is that these aren't soluble mineral nutrients that a plant will try to take up and metabolise. When CPers refer to minerals in this context they're basically talking about stuff that acts as fertilizer like lime, potassium, phosphorous, etc., from what I gather. These free nutrients are harmful to the roots of most CPs and so are to be avoided.
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    would this work?

    shpagnum peat moss

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    sand

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    Can't tell about the sand. Silicon or quartz sand is safe. Look for sand used for reptile bedding or sandblasting. If it's sphagnum peat and it doesn't have fertilizer mixed into it, it should be good.
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