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Re: bog gardens

Butch ..further to our discussions regarding 'Bog Hosta Growing in Full Sun?'

A Nursery owner-friend, and myself are going to do a Father's Day project today related to the above.  Using a tractor backhoe, we are going to dig a trench, line it with plastic, etc and soforth, to create a bog site in full sun.  We will likely be using drip irrigation to feed water into it.

It came to mind, that a bog garden would not be very good, relating to wintering over & survival of hostas in our zone 4 (minus 20) winters, because in our Spring melting of snow, the bog garden would be like a skating rink i.e. the plants would be sitting in a block of solid ice.  To counteract this, we plan to raise the bed to provide runoff; and also, provide drains to allow excess water to leak out during winter freeze up and Spring melt down. 

This sounds like a silly experiment to me, but what the heck, the Nursery owner friend wants to try it ...so I'm his advisor/helper LOL


Happy Father's Day to all

Bill Nash

..regarding discussions below
>>Butch ..I find this full sun hosta growing in bog conditions most
>interesting & intriguing.  Is there an easy way to create such, without too
>much work involved? [Bill Nash]
Butch Ragland replies...
>Yes, build a pond with any thing or any method and fill with hardwood or
>pine mulch 10 to 12 inches above the water level and keep water in the pond.
>Simple one, child's wading pool. Set it on the ground and cover with mulch
>10-12 inches above the water level and plant. Keep watered.
>Ours is watered by the kitchen sink runoff thru a series of bogs staggered
>down a hillside.
>Butch Ragland So. Indiana zone 5
>"Conflict is as addictive as nicotine, alcohol, drugs, etc.
>I'm sorry to report that cooperation is not."

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