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    starting an above ground bog

    Is there anything that can be used for an above ground bog besides pond liner? That stuff is bit expensive...
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    A prefrabricated above ground kiddy pool could be used in the place of pool liner.

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    You could also get cheaper plastic from Lowes or HD. Ask the person on here that goes by the name bucky something. This person has some great above ground bogs and I beleive they told me what the plastic was called. Its much cheaper than pond liner but it may not last quite as long. The plastic is clear but still thick and rigid.
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    Is there anything that can be used for an above ground bog besides pond liner? That stuff is bit expensive...
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    You could try a storage bin, or for something that would last longer, get one of those preformed pond liners. You can get one that fits into a half whiskey barrel for like $20 - not a very bad deal. I paid almost as much for my kiddie pools, but they aren't nearly as well suited for making an above-ground bog. I think a whiskey barrel with a liner is ideal because it gives more space than your typical pot but can still be moved, which seems to be the biggest appeal of an above-ground bog to me.
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    well, i thought about it and really for the size it isn't too much more than getting something prefab. I want something way bigger than a whiskey barrel (i already have two of those which I am replacing). Concrete pans are an option but they still are like $20. I would need two or three of them to get to 6x6 or 4x8 or so, so there is $40 - $60 there. So the liners don't sound so bad I guess.
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    You can get bigger pond liners for less than $100, but you would probably have to put them into the ground if you were to fill them with media. Have you considered looking in the classified ads for a bathtub? (I don't think there is much better a gardening container than a tall claw-foot bathtub. My dream house is sure to feature a bogtub with some sort of elaborate water feature - maybe a waterfall constructed from two such tubs.)
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    Yeah, I used 4 or 6 mil heavy duty black plastic that I bought at Lowes and it is doing good. I had a couple of people tell me that the plastic would gray and crack or turn brittle after a year or two but that hasn't been the case. I built them about 2 years ago and everything still looks really good. Here are a few pic of my bogs, each row is 30' long, 4' wide and 10-16" deep and I grow Sarracenia, Pings, Sundews and Utricularia in them:










    And I am adding a third row this year so I will have more room! Please ignore the mess as this pic is from early fall when I was still building them and they weren't completed.






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    Those are nice Bucky78!
    Here is a less sophisticated set-up
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    I bought 3 2x4's, a heavy pond liner from the garden store, and some u-shaped nails.
    I filled it with water and plants - and there you have it!

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