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    Question wanting to make a outdoor mini bog

    i have an old flower bed out in my back yard (south facing) its is squared in with some 2x4's or something i am not sure on the measurments but yall get what i mean. anyway i want to turn this into a bog. what is the best way to go about this? i thought of maybe digging about a foot of the dirt out and taking some plastic and putting it down then maybe put some perlite and sphag mix on top and then using live sphag for the top dressing and leaving it at that. i have never made a bog before but i thought in bama it should be easy for me to plant vfts sundews and sarrs out there and leave them there. if pics are needed i can take some and post but basically i just wanna know if my idea is ok or do i need to try something else.

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    Do you have a Home Depot in your area? Something similar?
    If so then go there and check on the heavy plastic cement mixing pans.
    These are maybe 30 inches wide by 40 inches long (I am guessing at this).
    They cost around $10USD. Dig out your flower bed, insert this pan and add your soil mix and plants!!! Less hassle than messing with plastic sheeting!!
    Also here is a link to my bog pages. I made a mini bog but it sits on the ground (concrete).
    http://www.jsionline.freeservers.com/p1bog.html
    Keep in mind that if you want a nice sphagnum cover and have the smaller plants that inserting them into your bog in pots that sit a little above the moss will work great as the moss will grow up to the edge of the pot and cover its protruding lip without invading the pot (at least for a few years!!).

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    Do you have a Home Depot in your area? Something similar?
    If so then go there and check on the heavy plastic cement mixing pans.
    These are maybe 30 inches wide by 40 inches long (I am guessing at this).
    They cost around $10USD.
    I use those pans.. Mine measure 20 x 25 x 7 and cost $5 apiece. Here is a pic of my setup: http://steve.nightscapecreations.com...uds/yard1f.JPG The media is pure peat and kept pretty much flooded. the ones not directly planted make great water trays as well.

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    ok this is what i am planning on digging up and turning into a bog i estimate it is probably 5x3 1/2 ft so its gonna be a decent size. do they make pans in that size you think? or should i stick with the plastic idea?
    it's kinda overrun with ivey and weeds so its hard to see but i took the best two pics i could get


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    For a bog that size I would probably go with your original idea. Maybe look for a pond liner? They make some good size pond liners that are basicly the same material as those concrete mixing tubs that I use... They are somewhat pricy but should be perfect for what you want.
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    Some people also use kiddie pools. I believe, if you're lining the depression, people also cut holes in the plastic. I'm not sure Perlite is a good idea, since it rises to the top and would likely float away during a rainstorm. I would buy the big bales of sphagnum peat and mix in some pool filter sand.

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    Personally I would avoid the kiddie pool... Those really are not designed for long term use and do not have the protection against the elements that other materials have.
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    Plastic sheeting works! And here's something that doesn't work - trying to put plants at a stream's edge, where it is naturally swampy. Remnants of hurricanes dump multiple inches of rain and raise the water level, causing the plants to float away:



    Buckets of minibogs also work:




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