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Thread: Patchwork bog, various bog containers jointed to one natural looking extendable bog

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    Patchwork bog, various bog containers jointed to one natural looking extendable bog

    Last year I started a bog out of several containers and pool liner.
    Because of surrounding normal garden limy soil and possible contamination of the bog through heavy rain it is constructed now above normal level.
    That’s what it looked like today.




    And that far at the beginning.


    just to get an impression how I did it.
    I will continue this in time. But if you are very curious You may have a look at the pictures in this German forum.
    http://forum.carnivoren.org/index.ph...baukastenstil/
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    Materials I already had were a couple of plastic mortar tubs, an old PVC pond, some odd pieces of pool liner, mats of coconut fibre, lime free gravel and sand, and quite a lot of granite curb stones which I had dumped at a friends garden.
    At a sand workings place I could get as much stones, raw sand and acidic topsoil as I like for just some tip.
    This bog is easily extended without much trouble. For comfortable weeding and planting I created in the centre a pool liner bogs way. It consists of some stones to step on and around these acidic sand and gravel.


    Water level in the different tubs is varied through small drill holes in variable height. Some are without.
    Space in between is filled with gravel and or small plastic buckets. The gravel space is covered with pieces of pool liner which lead rainwater into the tubs. These spaces have sometimes mounds of peat and other material which provide more dry places for different habitats within the bog.


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    Very cool! Keep us apprised of it's progress!

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    To cover the steep change between two containers I invented this solution. Squeeze or glue some piece of pool liner under the rim of the bucket and then cover it with a piece of coconut fibre to provide hold for moss or other plants.
    The pool liner will lead excess water in this case into the pond




    This special piece of wood will be covered like this



    And after a year it looks like this today.



    This piece of wood is in my posession for almost 20 years and all this time outside in the garden. Originally it was in a big fish pond in a bog.
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    Thats really incredible. Very creative and definitely one of the bes bog gardens ive seen. Great job and thanks for sharing pics! Do you have any more pics of the completed bog?

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    In the first post is a link to a German Forum (G.F.P.) Where I post more frequently, because upload of pictures is more easy and I am a native German.
    Again the link
    http://forum.carnivoren.org/index.ph...baukastenstil/
    Thank you for the compliment, I think there are a lot of very beautiful bogs out there. This one is the result of little money and a lot of thinking and of course most of all plenty of luck. Most of the materials have accumulated over many years.
    Greetings Axel
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    Very natural design indeed! I'd love to see more pictures, but the link to the German forum you listed comes up with a 404 Error.

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    I repaired the link:
    http://forum.carnivoren.org/index.ph...baukastenstil/
    The twigs covering the bog were a not very successful attempt to keep the blackbirds away. In the end it was a net again.
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