Re: building a bog.

Lyoyd Loope (halesci@uhunix.uhcc.Hawaii.Edu)
Mon, 20 Jun 1994 10:10:52 -1000 (HST)

On Thu, 16 Jun 1994, Philp Mueller wrote:

> I am going to see
> if I can find a couple of hard plastic kiddie wading pools and
> create a few small bogs. Has anyone tried this before?

Yes, this is a great idea. Just fill 'em with peat; you may or may not
want to cut a 1-2 cm hole (or several) about 10 cm above ground level for
drainage... depending on how much control you have over the amount of
water there is in the pool (how often you check it/amount of
rainfall/etc). For years I used wading pools for simulated bogs in
Western North Carolina (New England climate) for Sarracenia/etc. The
bigger (deeper) the better (to avoid possibilities of drying out); fill
to within a few cm of the top with peat &/or long fiber sphagnum. I
first put a couple of inches of granite gravel in the bottom of each;
don't know if that's necessary/desireable... [comments?]... be sure not
to use a type of material that would be hazardous to the plants
(dissolving in water over a period of time/etc)... if you use the
drainage holes option, you can top-flush the entire thing with water
periodically to avoid mineral build-up (I sometimes would do this with
undrained ones as well in hot weather when evaporation would drop water
level in a few days). -philip thomas