Ok… so the title sounds bad, but not really. The only habitat being destroyed is mine! The time has finally come to redo my bog gardens.
When I finally decided to sell my greenhouse and grow all my Sarracenia out-doors year round, I had to do a quick bog build as it was pretty late in the growing season. Nothing is quicker than sinking some kiddie pools into the ground. So that’s what I did. My temporary solution turned out to last me into this my 4th growing season. Here is a look at the setup. As you notice, there is LOTS of wasted space that could be filled up with plants. Not to mention its butt ugly! A mess of weeds, and frankly, not all that pretty to look at!
The other issue is light. As you can see in the photo above, the one side is more shaded! So I’ve opted to make the growing area shorter but wider. This means removing some of the patio you see in the foreground. That certainly wasn’t on my top 10 list of things to do this year! The other issue is that chunk of concrete you see in the bottom left. The person who owned this house at one time was a Ham Radio enthusiast and that was the base for the tower! It was a simple fix I figured, I rented a jack hammer last year to try to get rid of it. My neighbor happened to see me and told me that the cement goes down about six feet! He saw the guy dig the hole and fill it with concrete! So… it became a pad for my grill, or a place to put potted plants, or just a little patio to but a chair on and surround myself with my plants. Anyway, its not going to be there in my new design. It’ll still be there, you just won’t see it! More of that to come in later posts.
So here is a shot after removing a row of stones. I forgot how thick the gravel was! Not to mention how heavy those things are!
Well after my full day of work, I managed to resize the patio and get a start on the first box. I dug up and temporarily potted up the plants in that purple kiddie pool. With any luck tomorrow, I’ll finish up the first box and replant the plants! Here’s where I left things today.
I’m bagged, gonna hit the hay soon… Anybody need any free soil? Gonna have lots after I dig the area out!!!