Spring Garden Tips
Grow a Bog Garden in a Pot

You don’t need much space to enjoy a few wonders of nature. In fact, you can create your own bog garden to enjoy on your patio, balcony or deck.

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bog garden in a potCarnivorous plants like the pitcher plant and sundew grow in wet acidic environments known as bogs. Curly reed, elephant ear, chameleon plant and moneywort grow in our gardens, but also wet soggy areas in or next to ponds.

Once you select the plants, find an all-weather pot without drainage holes. Mix equal parts of clean sharp sand and peat to create your planting mix.

Arrange your plants to provide a pleasing display, making sure the tall plants do not overshadow the smaller ones. Set the plants in the planting mix so the crowns are just above the soil surface.

Grow in a sunny location and water as needed. Tap water is usually okay, but rainwater or water collected in your rain barrel, or dehumidifier will be even better.

A bit more information: Consider a water garden in a container. Many garden centers sell individual water plants or ready to submerge arrangements. All you need is a water tight container and plants. For more details see my tip on Container Water Gardens.

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