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A bog garden is one of two things a garden style choice or more likely, you have arrived here via my garden drainage page, looking for ways to utilise and plant up a soggy waterlogged bit of garden.
Bog gardens need soil that is constantly wet, but not flooded. If the soil in your bog garden dries out for longer than say a month every year, bog plants won't thrive.
It is possible to make a bog garden in a dry part of your garden using a liner, just follow the construction tips on this page.
Even if the soil is sandy well drained all the time, or clay that is wet in Winter but dries out and cracks up in Summer, you can still construct a bog area in dry garden.....
Construction tips to create a bog garden in a dry area.
Its worth trying our a sensibly sized area at first, bearing in mind you are going to have to purchase bog plants to fill
it and they are not cheap to buy. You will also need to keep it wet and if you are on a water meter it all adds up.
Line the area with pond liner,
Fill the area with a mix of topsoil and
Mix the soil you have dug out with garden compost, rotted leaves or any green matter and shovel the soil back over the liner, filling the area to just under the top of the pond liner.
If you are building your bog garden as part of a fish pond, overflowing the pond when topping up will keep the area damp and wash nutrients from the pond into the bog.
Caring for bog
When the bog plants start to grow in Spring, feed them by adding more compost or other green matter to the surface, don't dig it in, the worms will take it down.