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    Finally going to put in a bog garden

    I picked up a pond liner at a yard sale and hope to start this weekend. I was wondering what soil mixes folks use in their bogs. I will likely use sand and wondered if there is a particular source that people prefer. I will try to take a pic and see if anybody has any ideas.

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    Silica Sand! I bet that would work VERY well, because people use it in their CP mix. The con is the stuff is more of the expensive side. You could get it online, or at a nursery or hardware store. Take some sand and pour vinegar on it and see if it fizzes. It shouldnt if its clean.

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    I have a container bog garden buried in the ground, the sand I used was washed and dried play sand as that can't have any salts or chemicals in it by law. at 15 inches deep I had 3 inches of sand, a thin layer or lfs, most of the rest a 1:3 sand-peat mix and at the top another layer or LFS.
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    i bought a 50lb bag of silica sand for $3.49 at a dept. store. its not expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgrudz View Post
    i bought a 50lb bag of silica sand for $3.49 at a dept. store. its not expensive.
    I think play sand is just as good though, it was 1.49 for a 50 pound bag for me.
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    I would think that it should be mixed in a big bale sphagnum peat.

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    The plan at this time is to dig big hole (obviously), fill it with some sand, put the liner in...then I start to question myself. Any suggestions for how to cover that reservoir in the middle? Can I support weed tarp over that to keep the soil out or is that pretty much a hopeless endeavor and I should just fill it with rocks and sand for drainage?

    Next question-drainage slits in the bottom or on the sides? Perhaps I'll use weed tarp over the slits/holes. Any benefits to trying to angle the liner slightly so that the water runs to the drainage point or should I just let it be?

    I'll use a PVC pipe leading to the bottom-maybe a couple throughout the bog. Peat/sand mix (I've read that play sand is too fine for this sort of thing and that river sand is good-not sure where to get that though) and then in go some plants.


    Thanks for the suggestions

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