Done Deed
A few tips on cultivation. Careful of watering! Your bog is a different ecosystem than a large pot. The plants will need less water due to the fact that the bog will not loose much water. Being set in the ground is especially helpful in water conservation. Next, unless you live above US Zone 6, I recommend mulching with a light amount of pine needles. These preserve heat and prevent winter damage as well as keeping the bog from getting bone-dry in the winter months. If you have voles, moles, or squirrels in your area cover your bog with fine bird netting after mulching in late fall. If the pitchers on your plants aren't already dead you can go ahead and remove them before spreading the netting. Be sure to remove the mulch after the last frost date.
Color I finished my bog early in the fall of 2001 and hope to see flowers next spring. As you can see I have left a good amount of space for rhizome development and the addition of more plants. I'm not sure yet what will cover the bog liner but I'll probably place rocks on it over time. Good luck to you on constructing your own bog!

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Design - Preliminary - Pest Liner - Water Liner - Padding - Fill - Mixing - Planting One - Planting Two - Finished - The Bog: Early Spring 2002 - The Bog: Summer 2002