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    Axelrod's Bog Garden

    So at my girlfriend's apartment there is a nice section that used to be a garden but was overgrown with weeds. We decided to rip up all the weeds and get a nice veggie garden going. I reserved the last section of fence, just the the left of the azalea bush for a bog garden, this area gets the most sunlight, around 6-7 hours of direct light a day.



    I dug down around 2 feet, hammered in some stakes and put a raised 2x10 frame around the outside, making this a sort of hybrid in ground/raised bog. The total area is 3'x6' and around 2.5' deep.



    Next went in a layer of sand and a 4mil plastic tarp



    And over that the pond liner. This is I believe 14.5 mil thick. Not the thickest pond liner out there but it will do the job for the bog without a problem.



    Then began the laborious task of mixing the sand and peat. I chose to do this in layers dumping a bale of peat at a time and a couple bags of sand, then I jumped right in and mixed away with my hands.



    And finally it was full



    I worked on filling the bog with water today, brought the collection of Sarrs over today, and planted a few in the bog. I'm going to try to get some more VFTs and some cold hardy dews and then plan out a better planting.





    Here's some of the rest of the garden

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    Looks great! Quite impressive you were able to negotiate a section of the fence. Haha

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    Looks like it is off to a great start! Did you poke holes in the pond liner, or is it undrained?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radagast View Post
    Looks great! Quite impressive you were able to negotiate a section of the fence. Haha
    Haha it took a little work but it's all mine. I even negotiated some space in the regular garden for plants of my choice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanukimo View Post
    Looks like it is off to a great start! Did you poke holes in the pond liner, or is it undrained?
    It's mostly undrained but there are two or three holes cut in the back and right wall about 2/3 of the way up. I didn't cut any holes in the bottom of the clear plastic tarp underneath only on the same level 2/3 up. It may fill with water but with all the weight on top it should be minimal and just drain out the side anyways. Not that any of this will probably be relevant I will more likely than not end up having to water the bog than drain it.

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    I have more than enough Sarrs to fill up the bog but I want to incorporate some other plants as well. I have a few temperate dews, d. filiformis and d. intermedia on the way as well as some VFTs and two temperate orchids, a Calopogon tuberosus and a Bletilla striata. Can anyone recommend some other plant that would do well in a temperate bog. Zone 6?

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    Looking great!
    Your momma!

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    Pretty awesome!! I think it'll look fantastic compared to the stuff that was there before!

    Your plants are movin' on up!

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    Got more plants in. Some of these sarrs may not stay in here over the winter, some are plants that I'm not quite willing to risk outside in the winter here, S. Leah Wilkerson for example.

    Sorry the pics are kinda dark, it was getting late by the time I finished planting yesterday. I got a few more non-cp things in there today, not included in these pics, but those will come. Other plants I added today include Calopongon tuberosus, Hemerocallis 'August Flame', Bletilla striata 'Albostriata', and Gentiana 'True Blue'. I read these all enjoy bog type conditions from the site that I bought them from. I still need to research each individual plant to confirm though. If not I will remove them and provide proper conditions.

    Anyways picture time:

    Bog:


    right side:

    there will be a whole bunch more VFTs to fill in that front right corner in a week or two.

    left side:


    And not in the bog but an awesome Sarr I got and am very excited for, S. 'Adrian Slack':

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