just finished the construction of the bog garden. was a good amount of work but with any luck they'll prove to be worth it.
i used assorted Sarracenia rhizomes from california carnivores. had a great deal on the assorted ones and I dont need to know all of the exact crosses/species.
also put in bout 8 fly traps and a cpl sundews. Im so excited to see how they come up!!!
I am in Massachusetts in a zone 6 so plants will prob get to growin in the next month.
pond insulator to protect liner from being cut by rocks. one 70 lb bag of masons sand on top.
cut slits in the liner bout 6 inches long 1 foot apart from one another. this allows excess water to drain so bog wont become stagnant.
another bag of sand for the bottom of the pond liner
once another layer of sand was put on the liner, a peat sand mix is used to fill the remainder of the hole. 1/3 sand 2/3 peat
forgot to take pics as I planted the dormant plants but they are pretty boring atm anywho. after planting, I mulched with white pine needles to keep em insulated till threat of frost is past.
please give me any feedback you can, I researched before doing this and hope I did everything correctly. Also, Im thinking about what I want to use to line the border to hide the liner. Maybe some pavers or rocks?
Be sure to put some kind of barrier around the bog, like wire fencing. Some morning in the future, you'll come out to inspect the bog and find that a raccoon, oppossum, or the neighborhood mutt dug it up! --- it happened to me many moons ago!
thanks I was planning on putting up some chicken wire around the garden but obv didnt prioritize it highly. Would be so mad if I came home to a ripped up bog. I will get the fencing up as soon as I can.
I plan on lining the bog with some sort of stone or pavers but havent decided what type yet so thats why its still so unfinished.
Cool, it looks great. I made mine in August of last year and since I live in Georgia I don't have to worry about the cold much. It even snowed a good 2 inches and all of my Sarracenias and Dioneas are doing very well. However, I'm not so sure about my Droseras and my Pinguicula primuliflora. I have my fingers crossed that they're just dormant.
thanks for the kind words, even I dont think it looks great yet :p This upcoming weekend I will be putting in the bordering pavers or stone and trimming the liner so its hidden. Then it wont be the eyesore it is at the moment.
I have tropical Droseras inside potted that I will plant in the bog once the temperates are growing well. Stil not sure if I can keep them out there but probably not so perhaps I'll repot them each fall and overwinter indoors with my Nepenthes collection.
cut slits in the liner bout 6 inches long 1 foot apart from one another. this allows excess water to drain so bog wont become stagnant. ... please give me any feedback you can,
Oh, oh. Do you have any amount of stored rain water available for watering when you need it during the hottest months of the year? Or do you live in an area where it is always(!) raining very much so that such a bog cannot dry out during summer weeks without any rainfall?
In my area, a mini-bog or bigger bog construction must always be water-saving, so that the bog keeps as much water as it can. I keep such a bog construction watertight like a bathtub on the bottom and provide a few spillover holes or cuttings 6 inches (15 cm) below surface level. So that the bog collects its own stagnant water in the subsoil during rainy weather that provides moist substrate during dry periods without watering for a longer time. And prevent stagnant water only in the last 6 inches of the soil.
That's how I construct it to minimize the need for watering with stored rain water from my water barrel.
hey heres a lil upddate on my bog garden. Still breaking out of dormancy up here in Mass but things are getting lively. Only got two sar. flowers but I am still very excited. First time I've had them come out of doormancy in my care.
I planted baby flytraps, new capensis' and 5 small sar. in the last week. Filled in the gaps nicely.
now heres a cool lil survivor...its a capensis that survived a forced dormancy and a good ole new england winter! the other 3 capensis died but this one is actually sendign up new gorwth!