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    Strange Peat Moss - Please Help

    Hello Everyone,

    I'm new to this forum, but I've been reading it for the last month or so.

    I have an order of plants coming in tomorrow, so I'm trying to get my bog finished up tonight. The problem is possibly my peat moss .. I've gone thru a few packs of this stuff before (the big green compressed packs at lowes), but have never seen it like this before.

    Instead of it being all peat, there's quite a bit of what appear to be wood pieces in it.
    Is this something I should be concerned with, or will it be okay?

    I figure it might make the soil drain even better, assuming it's not going to hurt my plants.

    I have $40 worth of pool filter sand and over $100 worth of plants coming, so I really don't want to waste it on a bad batch of peat.

    Thanks a bunch for the help.

    If you're not sure what I'm talking about, I can take a picture for you.

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    Welcome. Most peat has a little bit of reed or small sticks in it. Peat can also be compressed so it can look like chips.

    Pics would help.

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    It seems to be more than just a bit .. I'll go take some pics.

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    didn't know i needed to upload my picture somewhere else

    cant get it to show up here, so you can see it here:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/phpnetpro/CPs/http://picasaweb.google.com/phpnetpr...82335513405890

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    I think you're fine. The big bale of peat I got has all sorts of little sticks and organic stuff like that in it. I think it's annoying because I'm afraid if I miss some of the bigger sticks some roots might grow around it and then later cause problems when I replant; but, not any problems I can't handle. In a bog it would be fine since you probably won't be "repotting" or transplanting anytime soon.

    Welcome, by the way. What all are you putting in your bog? How big is your bog going to be?

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    Wow I've never seen peat that black. I guess it's just the lighting.

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    Yea, it's the lighting on the picture.. took it outside with just a spotlight shining on it.

    My bog is about 3' x 5' and 20" deep or so.
    I've been building a rather large 2 pond, 2 stream and a waterfall feature for the past 4-5 months... still probably that long from completion too. Around it are a number of flowerbeds, the largest of which (and spot with the most sun) is the bog.

    I'll be planting the following in it to begin with:
    S. rubra ssp. rubra
    S. oreophila x flava 'Virginia'
    S. x 'Judith Hindle'
    S. leucophylla
    S. flava
    D. muscipula - typical, dente and red dragon


    I'm also not planning on rinsing my materials since I'm using distilled water and a fair amount of materials .. should this be alright assuming a fair amount of rainfall? Should i install a drain plug near the bottom to get rid of impurities? I have a couple of holes made for drainage about 4" under the surface.

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