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How do I begin a bog garden?

Posted by greengardener07 6b/7 - SE PA (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 11, 08 at 13:20

I have an area of my yard that in on low side of a slow progessive slope (just inches, not really noticeable unless you really look). Well, it gets soggy and saturated more so than other parts of the yard.

Should I dig out some soil and make this a bog garden or a dry creek bed?

How do you create a bog garden?

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RE: How do I begin a bog garden?

how much space are you talking about?
what is the soil like?
What is there already?
How much work do you want to put into it?

RE: How do I begin a bog garden?

  • Posted by kwoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 12, 08 at 11:46

Runoff is not good for a "true" bog garden. That would be acidic low nutient, growing things like CPs and orchids.

Sounds like a nice place for a rain garden or perhaps marginals if it stays wet enough often enough.

RE: How do I begin a bog garden?

It gets moderate morning sun and then it pretty much shady thereafter. I would say the length of the area from fence to the side walkway is about 18' to 20' and it would border an existing bed. I was just going to dig down a foot and a half and put in drainage rock, the line the "dry creek bed" with liner then rocks and pebbles.

But if putting in a bog would be easier, I am open to it. I was looking for a FAQ here, but could not find it.

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