Bog\swamp garden

stimey(6a)May 20, 2008

I have maintained a pond for 12 years, about 2,000 gallon. I have recently put in a old bath tub, I am pulling a small amount of water from my bio filter down to the tub. I want to fill it with a sand peat mixture, and put plants in it. The water trickles out of the tub, and back into the pond. What am I creating here a bog or a swamp? and do I have any idea what I am doing? Any ideas of what I can create here? I get about 8 to 10 hours of sun. Lets build something together her and I will post pics. Thanks in advance for any help I might recieve

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orchidsrule(5b, before global warming)

Huh. It sound like a bog. Swamps have woody plants.

If you had any idea what you were doing, you probably wouldn't have asked that. :)

I don't get how it is trickling down from the pond into the tub, and down back into the pond. That's physically impossible!

If the tub is filled with peat and sand, then saturated with water, that is a bog. You can put in bog plants.

Is it full sun?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 6:54PM
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stimey(6a)

Your correct, I dont have any idea of what I am doing, that is why I am asking. My Bio filter is part of the waterfall, I just have a small hose sifening from there down to the tub. The tub overflows into a smaller pool and then trickles back into the pond via a small creek. Maybe what I have created is more of a marsh. The water is continualy flowing through it, so it works as a filtration as well as the bio filter. I am just wanting to figure what plants might be the best to put in it, and thinking I should put a layer of sand on top of the peat mixture. Some of the peat floats.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2008 at 10:18AM
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orchidsrule(5b, before global warming)

You should go to a local native plant nursery. Ask for what kind of a plant you want. Try email or visiting in person.

Here is a link that might be useful: Native Plant Nursery Directory.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2008 at 6:06PM
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carnivorous23(z5 Il)

There's lots of stuff that loves wet peat/sand mix, especially in full sun - cranberries if you're in the north, blueberries, sarracenia pitcher plants, sundews, cardinal flowers, swamp milkweed (great for attracting monarchs), bottle gentians, jewelweed (Impatiens capensis -along with cardinal flower, good hummingbird attracting flowers).

There's also sedges, which may not be the most dramatic plants, but are appreciated by some bird species.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2008 at 2:28PM
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emitch

My application is similar to that described: I have a fish tank/pond and want to develop a bog filter for it. The bog will be in a dry sink 8' x 2' x 6". The question is what soil mix to use.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2008 at 9:03PM
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