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Re: bog gardens

Bill and Butch,
  Keep us all posted on this.
   I lost some hostas a couple of years ago by not raising the level of the
growing surface above the "bog." Using wood chips sounds real interesting.
John Dash
Fairport, NY
z5 but really 4

----- Original Message -----
From: WiN <raffi@sympatico.ca>
To: <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 1999 10:40 AM
Subject: Re: bog gardens

> Butch ..further to our discussions regarding 'Bog Hosta Growing in Full
> 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
> :-B))
> 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
> >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
> >
> >Simple one, child's wading pool. Set it on the ground and cover with
> >10-12 inches above the water level and plant. Keep watered.
> >
> >Ours is watered by the kitchen sink runoff thru a series of bogs
> >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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