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    I've been toying with the notion to put in a bog garden a few feet in from the streamlet that devoured my Cobra Lily last year. There are several places along its edge that are naturally swampy and I found one close by that has a raised perimeter and shaped like a sinkhole. I've got plenty of Canadian peat. Should I mix other media in? Should I line it with plastic sheeting or a kiddie pool? Wahddya think?

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    If it stays pretty wet leave it natural. I would add some peat or sphagnum moss. It is sandy? If not add some sand (blasting or pool) as well. I added perlite to my bog media and the plants appear to appreciate it.

    Let me know if you decide to go for it as I have several types of young sarra.
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    Is the hole infull sun or in shade? If in shade I would find a different hole. Is there anyway you could dig your own bog?

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    I know that the habitats I've seen Sarracenia in on the gulf coast are heavy clay, so I don't know that amending the soil is too important, depending on what soil you already have. So long as it's acidic (as clay in the south tends to be), I don't think the plants really care one way or the other.
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    It is in a mostly sunny location. We live in the Reading, PA area, in a townhouse, so my gardening activities are "on a leash". It is clayey in the East.

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    Mine is in mostly sun and does fine. If you are worried about shade grow some cannas or decorative bushes around the edge where it is drier. If this is a natural swampy area nature has done the hardest part for you, shade can be added.
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    It is also a grassy area. Should I remove the grass?

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    That I would recommend. Also put some deep edging around it if you grass is a rhizome type.
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