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    Bog Garden Soil Layer and Base

    Hello all. I'd like some input from the bog gardeners. I'm going to create one from a hard plastic pond tub. It is several feet deep (at least two to three, if I had to estimate). The tub will be above ground. What is best to use as a base for the bog? I could fill the whole thing with the peat mix, but would like to find something cheaper (and not requiring mixing), perhaps gravel or sand. Anyone have experience or ideas? Much appreciated.

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    First of all if you dont mind digging I would recommend digging a hole and lining it with pond liner. This is much cheaper and way more flexible. Also, A 50/50 peat/sand mix has always worked best for me. I also put a layer of DSM followed my a sheet of LSM, which if conditions are right will grow to cover the bog.
    This is just what has worked for me, of course.
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    Thank you. I already have the pond tub as it was given to me. I'd prefer to use that and keep it above ground so as to keep grass clippings off of it (I hate that). I will definitely place a layer of live sphagnum on the top. I'm just not sure what's best to use as a base for the bog.

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    Bob Ziemer as I recall uses straight peat moss mainly from lack of local supply of usable sand. Pure peat moss may not work out in your climate though. One never knows.
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    I use a 60/40 peat perlite mix for my Sarracenia. It rains a lot here and good drainage is essential for Sarracenia in this hot and humid climate. I may use perlite in the artificial bog, but with a good layer of live sphagnum at the top to prevent the perlite from showing and splashing. Sand is too compacting. I've looked for a larger-grained sand, but have not found it.

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    You could probably find Turface (Aquatic Plant Soil) easily with all the golf courses in Florida. The Lowes around here sell Quikrete commerical grade silica sand in 100 lbs bags. The coarse grade is like #12 -30 size grains. I think #12 is around 1.7mm #30 is 0.6mm. Quite a few people use either of these.

    http://www.turface.com/distributors/state
    http://quikrete.com/ProductLines/San...rcialGrade.asp
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    I've done mine with a layer of sand on the bottom third, 50:50 peat/sand mix in the middle third and pure peat for the top third topped by Live sphag. Sorry, mixing required my way.
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    Thanks for all the input guys!

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