RE: Bog Construction

From: Brewer Charles E PHDN (
Date: Tue Mar 16 1999 - 07:07:15 PST

Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 10:07:15 -0500
From: Brewer Charles E PHDN <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg819$foo@default>
Subject: RE: Bog Construction

 A liner will work well for a bog, but you do need bottom drainage or the
soil inside the bog could sour during the hot summer months. I made my bog
out of wood with a plastic liner inside. I quickly ran into problems when
the soil heated up. I had to remove the soil and put in drainage holes
allowing the water to seep out slowly. Within a couple of weeks the soil
started getting better and the plants started looking a lot better. It has
been over a year now and the bog has developed nicely. About 6 weeks ago, I
added pine straw to the bog and set it on fire. I was careful not to allow
the sides of the bog to burn, only the vegetation. Now I am starting to see
signs of life again in the bog. Plants are just starting to pop up and soon
the 16 foot long bog will be filled with flowers, pitchers and traps.
 I used a lot of sand, pine bark, peat moss, pine straw and ash for the
soil. More sand then anything else. I also top dressed the soil with mulched
up pine straw. For some reason, top dressing the soil with pine straw seems
to work really good for me. Hope this helps.
                                                             Charles Brewer
                                                             Va. Beach, Va.

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