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    Bog Garden

    Hello everyone! Using bucky78's advice, I have created my own bog garden! Here are some pictures of the building process.

    We started out by building the frame, and then evening out the bottom by placing tree stumps on the ground to get the desired depth of the bog, then we placed old spare pieces of wood on top of the stumps and an old tarp just for extra cushion.

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    Next, we put two layers of 4 mil thick plastic down and added a few inches of sand on the bottom.

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    After this, we put a layer of peat moss on top of the sand.

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    After adding the peat, we added a large load of sphagnum moss and sand.

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    We then mixed everything together and here is the final product!

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    Now all we have to do is clean the sides up a little bit and staple the tarp on and just wait for the rain so we can see how much more peat moss needs to be added!

    I will be planting the plants in the springtime whenever the bog is established and I have hopefully collected more sarracenia, venus fly traps, and sundews to plant in it!

    Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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    Just curious, what kind of sand did you use (brand, horticultural, etc.)

    Very nice though!
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    Cool! Did you add any sort of draining holes towards the top of the bog to let excess water out? Can't wait to see it filled with plants in the spring!

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    Very cool... Here's an interesting idea that I picked up from a Terra Forums member (hi Lois!):

    When mixing large quantities of soil for a project like that, use a small hand crank cement mixer. It works wonders.

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    What was the white stuff layer?
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    EdaxFlamma, it is just cheap concrete sand from a nearby rock quarry.

    xvart, no, I didn't do that. I am not really worried about it collecting too much water, but if it looks as if it is starting to gather too much water in the future, then I will add some.

    MrFlyTrap2, it's kind of strange how we made it. The white is just a plastic that we added on top of the tree stumps for extra padding so that the liner does not rip on the places where the old pieces of wood isn't covering the stumps. It's kind of confusing because I don't show how we did the tree stumps. If you are still confused, then I will be glad to explain further.

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    I think I got it, did you just add them in there as filler so you wouldn't have to use so much soil mix? Or was there a deeper meaning to it all?

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    Where in Tenessee are you? Tenessee has extremely variable elevation, temperature, rainfall, and humidity. I am in Atlanta, GA, and I have had bog gardens in my yard since I was 5 and have tried just about everything. I find that "temperate" isn't a good classification to follow when choosing bog garden plants becuase "temperate" can theoretically refer to both southern california and north dakota. If you are in the mountains, you can grow a different selection of plants that you would grow if you are at a lower elevation. Here is a list.

    Anywhere in Tenessee:
    All sarracenia (S.purpuera v. purpurea and S. purpurea v. venosa ssp. montana can be tricky during summer heat and mild winters, better off in the mountains)
    Drosera intermedia
    Utriculara subulata (a weed, really)
    Utricularia gibba (aquatic)
    Drosera capillaris (an annual in colder climates, re-seeds yearly)
    Dionea muscipula (may need winter shelter/mulching in coldest areas of TN)
    Drosera burmanii (tropical summer annual)
    Byblis liniflora (tropical summer annual)


    Cool weather mountainous parts of Tenessee:
    Sarracenia purpurea v. venosa ssp. montana
    Sarracenia purpurea v. purpurea
    Drosera filliformis v. filliformis
    Drosera rotundifolia (a tenessee native, but plants descended from US west coast/Europe have no heat tolerance at all and are impossible in the South)
    Drosera anglica (see below)
    Pinguicula grandiflora (only in cool, humid, high elevation areas, these HATE heat)

    Warmer, lower elevation areas of Tenessee:
    Drosera brevifolia (tiny annual/biennial)
    Drosera filiformis v. tracyi
    Drosera binata (iffy below 20f or so, mulch/protect it in winter)
    Pinguicula primuliflora (iffy, dislikes prolonged temps below freezing, better off as houseplant)
    Pinguicula caerulea (iffy, dislikes prologed temps below freezing, better off as houseplant)
    all other southeastern USA pinguicula: same as above, but MUCH harder to grow

    Don't plant short plants like sundews and flytraps with sarracenia. Sarracenia are MUCH faster growing and will crowd them out very fast. Short sarracenia species such as S. purpurea and S. psitticina can be grown with small CPs because they won't block out the sunlight. Pinguicula seem to need some shade and grow best shaded by tall sarracenia. However, they need to be checked frequently to make sure they aren't being crowded out.

    Good Growing!

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