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    What is and what should never be Crissytal's Avatar
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    Bog garden and others, lots of pictures

    I've been seeing a lot of bog gardens this year being posted on the forum. I finally decided to do one of my own. I took my pond liner, it was a water garden last year, and emptied it out. All my aquatic plants went into an 18 gallon Rubbermaid container. I cut holes in the liner about 3" down all the way around. They are spaced about 8-12" apart. The media is roughly 50/50 peat and sand mix. Originally I had put some wood logs in the bottom to keep from having to use so much media. I made sure everything was well soaked. It rained a few days after. When I checked on it again, I noticed it wasn't holding water like it should. There was no water standing in the bottom below the drainage holes, I dug down to check. I believe the logs were not yet water logged, and pulled most of the moisture out of the media. Trying to top water was a disaster. Good thing I didn't have any plants in yet. I proceeded to scoop all the peat/sand mix out, pulled out the logs and added a reservoir. It has worked wonders! The reservoir actually is taking up more space than the wood logs did. I'm storing the extra media in a 5-gallon bucket. It was almost full! Here are some pictures of the reservoir construction:

    I'm not exactly sure how much water the container holds. It's at least a gallon if not more. I used an ice pick to poke tiny holes on all sides.



    This shows the container, lid, and PVC pipe , as well as my oops. I got a little carried away with pressure and cracked the plastic. Some clear silicone fixed it up.



    Here is everything together.



    This is of the side of the pond liner, a drainage hole can be seen about midway the picture.



    Here's the bog with media and the reservoir in place.



    Entire bog completed with LFS on top with a bit of live LFS. I'm expecting the live LFS to burn in the heat.



    Shot showing the PVC pipe. I can check the water level using this and it also assists with watering.



    I had more plants than I needed, so I threw together a small mini bog. It's one of those pots with the lip on the bottom.



    Completed with LFS with some live scattered around.



    Showing the lip.


    The larger bog contains:
    D. filiformis tracyi x cluster
    D. filiformis filiformis x 1
    D. binata dichotoma "Giant Form" x 1
    S. alata sp. x 1
    S. x 'Dana’s Delight' x 1
    S. leucophylla 'Tarnok' x 1
    S. minor x 1
    S. psittacina x 1
    S. purpurea x 1
    S. x 'Scarlet Belle' x 1
    VFT dente x 1
    VFT typical x 7
    VFT Red Dragon x 2

    I've since added a D. aliceae and D. capensis typical. I know they won't survive the winter; I have plenty and if need be I can transplant before it gets too cold.

    The mini bog contains:
    S. alata sp. x 1
    S. flava x 1 that's trying to be dead
    VFT Dente x 5
    VFT typical x 2

    And my small water garden. It's changed since this picture was taken, I've added two more plants. In the picture I have one water lily, java moss (I have too much!), some najas grass (if the java moss hasn't choked it out), and a water plant that made it through the winter. I forget exactly what it's called, I have the tag somewhere. That's just a small pot of the stuff and is just beginning to grow. It gets much larger. I don't think I have a picture of the larger pot of it.



    I'll try to get some updated pictures of the bog and water garden tomorrow if the weather permits and if anyone is interested.

    Enjoy,
    Crystal
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    Very nice Crystal. Wonder how long it's going to take those plants to fill up the entire bog

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    Looks really good! Your resevoir idea is really clever.
    Post pics when it gets more established.
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    lookin good crystal! great idea on the box & pvc, ill have to steal your idea for my next one

    ~b

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    .....and in a few months... it's gonna be a jungle in there!

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    Crystal,
    looks nice!
    but im confused about something..

    your first 3 photos, of the while/clear container with all the holes..
    what is that exactly?
    I dont see it in any of the other photos..


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    oh! never mind! I got it now!
    its buried in the "pond" as the water container!
    cool...but..why exactly do you need that reservoir?
    wouldnt just filling the bog with water serve the same purpose?
    im not quite getting it..

    thanks,
    Scot

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    Hey guys. Thanks for the compliments. Sorry for not replying sooner, I've come down with this darn cold.

    I can't take complete credit on the reservoir. I was looking through on another forum and came across a similar idea. At that time I was unsure if I wanted to do a fancy circulating bog or not. I decided not, and want with the reservoir instead; it's so much simpler.

    Baylorguy and Jim,

    I don't think it will be long at all before it's nice and full! Or at least I hope not anyway

    Scot,

    I can see where it can be a bit confusing. I didn't get any pics before I put the reservoir into the bog. The reservoir is sitting on the very bottom of the bog. The media is surrounding the container completely. The theory behind this is, as the moisture evaporates from the media, the reservoir (container) will release the water into the media through all the little holes. I have drainage holes at the top of the bog, so it won't overflow. Filling the bog with water would work I guess, but there wouldn't be a compartment to help sustain the moisture level. As hot as it's been the last few days, I most likely would have had to of watered it already. I believe the reservoir helps the bog hold more water than it normally would because the container is holding strictly water, there's not media in the reservoir. When it rains, the reservoir will fill back up. When it's full, water will leak out of the drainage holes around the side of the bog to prevent overflow. If there's no rain and it needs watering, I can just water through the PVC pipe. Does that help a little? I'll try to throw a little diagram together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crissytal View Post
    The theory behind this is, as the moisture evaporates from the media, the reservoir (container) will release the water into the media through all the little holes.
    hmmm..interesting idea..but I dont see how that could work.
    because there are so many holes in the reservoir, all up and down its side, the water level in the overall bog will always be identical to the water level in the reservoir..if the water level falls in the reservoir, the level falls in the bog..if you add more water to the reservoir, filling it up more, the water seeps out the holes into the bog..the water level will always be balanced (the same level) inside the reservoir and outside it.

    I dont see how the reservoir idea can be any different than just having the tube sticking into the bog by itself, without the reservoir.

    like I said, it cant hurt anything..I just dont see the need for it. I dont think it can do what it was "advertised" to do.

    You can achieve the exact same thing with this, and gain a lot more space for media:



    Scot

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