Last winter I changed out all the soil in the bog, put in a bottom layer of gravel and upturned buckets, and refilled it with a better, looser, sandier mix with orchid bark and chopped pine needles. The plants LOVED it. Then a couple months ago a raccoon got in and ****ed up the west end. Fortunately, I had nothing planted there yet, except for a couple ICU hardware store rescue flytraps. Oh, and my pygmies. Dang! I forgot about that. (I guess it wasn't so "fortunately")
Anyways, I got tired of seeing the bald, rough patch, and fixed it the other day. Then I covered it all up with whole pine needles to keep the rain (if it ever comes!) from washing away all the new soil.
Anyways, here's how it got built:
The gravel and upturned buckets/pots/whateverIhadlayingaround: I added water to the top of the gravel, that way it wouldn't take forever for it all to filter through the added soil.
Some plastic weed block to keep the sand out of the gravel:
Doesn't that soil look great?
Putting the plants back in:
Settled in for the winter:
Alas, I don't think I got any summer pictures.
Here is the section I redid:
Whole re-done bog:
Little "pond" to a covered section:
Out the tunnel:
And around an "island" to the lower "pond":
Someday I intend to put in a small solar pump and route it under the red sandstone rock.
More fun features:
Utricularia longifolia, doing very well:
Non-carnivorous marsh marigold; lovely iridescent yellow flowers:
Drosera peltata, looking good as well:
I put little plugs of Utricularia all around the new stuff. Hopefully it will take "root" and spread, and help keep the soil in place. Anyone have any U. subulata? I actually managed, don' know how, to loose all mine.