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    Can I use this as a bog garden?

    Hi

    I've recently gotten interested in CPs again (I guess once bitten by the bug, you're never really gone from CPs for too long). Anyways, I recently came into possession of an elevated planter box and wondered if it would be a good place to set up a bog garden? The planter box looks like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
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    If I was using this to make a mini-bog, I would fully water proof the inside with a product called Rubberize-It, or with a liberal coating of silicone. That being said, yes, I think it would make a handsome artificial bog. If I was building an elevated one like this I think about drilling a hole in the side near the bottom and plugging it with a rubber stopper or a valve and aquarium bulk-head. That way from time to time the container could be drained and fresh water could be added. I would think that would help flush out the media every so often and prevent mineral build up.

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    Well, the boards aren't exactly flush along the bottom, as there are gaps in between them. However, I am sure that I can modify it to be sound by putting a plastic liner in it and maybe have a kind of device inserted into it to help drain the box. There is a sort of plastic mesh liner that comes with it, but its just enough to hold in soil and not much else. I guess its there for planting non bog dwelling plants.
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    I wouldn't have it raised that high. The medium would freeze much more quickly that one flush with the ground or sunken in.

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    Yeah, as wire man said. I would worry about it freezing to easily.

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    Sucks living in a snow-prone climate. I'd jump on that planter in a heartbeat. I would use a sheet of pond liner. They even have a glue (toxic) that works very well sealing; you can install your plastic drain with it.
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    I am thinking that I might just use a storage bin with holes drilled in it somewhere.
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    Oh wow, you live in Charlotte too! I'm wondering why I've never seen you before. It would be awesome if we could meet up or something. Anyways, off topic.
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