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My bog garden

by Eatinbugs » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:13 am

Here's my bog garden. It's 3x5 feet and 18 inches deep. It is lined with a flexible fish pond liner and has a drainage system that keeps the water level around 6 inches below the surface. The soil is a mix of peat and perlite with a top layer of sphagnum. It is 3 years old and 4 growing seasons. There are a bunch of Sarracenia in there along with companion plants and bog orchids. The sarracenia were all purchased but most of the companion plants were taken from flourishing populations on private property. Some like the Meadow Beauties are basically weeds found in ditches on the side if the road. They look great in a bog garden when their numbers are kept in check with annual maintenance.

There are some bog orchids in there that I rescued from a neighbor's pasture. They would have been mowed and sprayed with weed killer. I have since convinced her to let me maintain that area of her property because of the plants there. I found 5 orchids there this spring that survived the mowing. Only two survived the cows and deer eating them and one flowered but not very well. Hopefully they recover. All the plants on the pond dam are gone forever it looks like. One man's trash is another's treasure I guess.
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Re: My bog garden

by Eatinbugs » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:26 am

Here's a couple of pictures from today. I trimmed some stuff recently to allow airflow and light around the Sarracenia rhizomes after I had a few plants get rhizome rot. I think I overwatered during the heat of the summer and the thick growth of the plants chocked out light and airflow through the bog garden. Everything perked up and there's a lot of new growth just a couple of weeks after the cleanup. I'm ripping everything out next spring and expanding. I've been amazed at how well everything has grown. I've given away Sarracenia divisions because I've grown so many!
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Re: My bog garden

by Eatinbugs » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:28 am

I forgot to add we've had a couple of days of rain and it knocked a lot of plants down in the bog garden. It happens every year around this time.

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Re: My bog garden

by whatsgrowingon » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:43 am

Wow, nice bog garden my friend! Really good looking plants. I love the white topped Sarracenia! Thanks for sharing :) Any chance we could see some more pictures of your traps?
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Re: My bog garden

by tommyr » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:44 pm

VERY nice!

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Re: My bog garden

by James000 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:04 pm

Wow! This is the kind of bog garden I had in my head! It even has the same dimensions. Rad that it even has the Rhexia and Swamp Candles (Or are those Orange Fringed Orchids?)! What other plants are in there?

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Re: My bog garden

by wstok002 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:50 am

I'm trying to make one if these for my college. Any help you could offer. It's gonna be a northern one, zone 3. Its hard to find any info on them

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Re: My bog garden

by Huntsmanshorn » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:54 pm

Zone 3? Interesting. Not too many CP growers in zone 3. Just out of curiosity, are you in the mountains or way up North somewhere?

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Re: My bog garden

by tommyr » Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:47 am

I'd imagine you'd have to very heavily mulch that bog for protection.


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