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My First Bog Planter

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Hi All,

 

So I've eventually constructed my first bog planter. picked up a lot of ideas from the ones on the forum. went for a plastic container made to look like a wooden barrel.

 

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Drilled a hole in the side right near the bottom to fit a drain of tap.

 

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Also drilled some holes all the way round just below the first band on the planter these are for over flow in case of a heavy down pour.

 

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Made a reservoir and a water gauge from a Chinese takeaway tub and some plastic pipe. also filled the bottom with a thin layer of granite chippings.

 

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And finally filled with a mix of peat and perlite (Will eventually be having a layer of sphagnum on top of this)

 

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Now we've had a bit of rain this week will be able to plant out tomorrow. what do you guys think.

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Just some temperate species a few sarracenias at the back, a few VFT's and some temperate drosera at the front  , running out of room in the greenhouse so going to use some of my own extras after re potting earlier this year. should get round to it today so photos this evening !

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Aren't Chinese takeaway trays dead handy :laugh1:

I've recently used one to shelter my hygrostat from the overhead misters in the greenhouse.

 

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Good luck with your bog, it's looking smart.

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Yes Welshy  :good2:  the many amazing use's for chinese takeaway containers. might start a forum thread on it :laugh2: hahaha

 

Had a good go at planting out this afternoon.

 

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So up to now have the following in there;

 

S. flava var atropurpurea x 'Mercury'

S. seed grown (evendine x evendine)

S. oreophila

S. H8 x moorei

S. purpurea

 

Darlingtonia californica

 

D. rotundifolia

D. anglica

 

Dionaea "Typical"

Dionaea "Sawtooth"

Dionaea "Bohemian Garnet"

 

 

Hopefully over time everything will start to spread out nicely. i'll keep this post updated with the progress.

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Yes Welshy  :good2:  the many amazing use's for chinese takeaway containers. might start a forum thread on it :laugh2: hahaha

 

Indeed, probably more uses than Duck tape :laugh1:

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Aren't Chinese takeaway trays dead handy :laugh1:

I've recently used one to shelter my hygrostat from the overhead misters in the greenhouse.

 

 

Good luck with your bog, it's looking smart.

What a great idea!

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Just a little update all the sarras have come along a bit more

 

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And the droseras are doing well hopefully they will flower and fill the bog with seeds

 

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Only bad things so far should have filled the bog with more peat and perlite as it has settled and dropped quite a bit. also the little pockets of sphagnum I tried to get going don't seem to be taking off as I would have hoped. and somethings eating one of my vft's

 

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still having a problem with my plants getting eaten this is what i've come home to tonight a full lid of my oreophila eaten it wasn't like this yesterday any ideas what bug it could be ?

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very possibly have seen quite a few in the back yard recently. but why would they start at the top of the plant there's no damage at the bottom. I've got some copper tape to put around the planter but have heard it doesn't work any ideas how to get rid of them ??? a full treatment for a large area would be useful. cant use slug pellets I think the cat or the young lad would be to inquisitive and probably eat them  :sick:  :sick:

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You could try nemaslug , I have the same problem as you so I'm going to give nematodes a try when I get chance to get to a garden centre

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Try filling one of those Chinese takeaway trays with beer. We used to have tons of slugs eating our flowers especially after a rain but this solved our problem perfectly. They are attracted to it so they go inside and drown. Make sure you use deep tray so thay cannot escape. 

 

So far, it looks nice. Keep us updated :)

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Yes bugmuncher been reading about nematodes today think its the way to go. might see how expensive they are online.

 

Intul - going to try the beer idea tonight see how many it attracts also they don't sell beer in just one can so will have to get a case. which means spare cans for me to drink tonight  :cheers:

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just a little update on the bog planter, I added a pingula grandifloria and the mosses i've added are taking ages to take hold, and also its now moved to the front yard of the house. going to have to cut the sarras back for autumn soon.

 

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garlic spray? worked  treat for me.

Crush a full bulb, sit it in 2-3 L of water (fortunately my tap water is classed as Moderately Soft and the meter reads <76), leave this for a day or two to infuse and mix. Spray over area.

- This works for most insects as they are averse to the scent of garlic (its not too strong for our noses and dissipates) There was  study that investigated why garlic on slugs and seems to be there is a compound that attacks their neuro center. renders them useless.

I certainly noticed a lot less activity.

Also used a milk carton (plastic) filled with ale (not lager) I seem to have fussy drinker slugs. This indeed catches them very quickly. just top up after rain.

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Why not stand the whole planter in a tray of water? As far as I know, slugs can't swim, and won't try, so if there is a moat around your planter, they won't cross it, and your plants will be safe.

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great ideas for the slug problem guys, but the beer traps and the occasional late night slug killing frenzy seem to be keeping them at bay for now. will definitely be trying the garlic may even grow some next year for just that.

 

contemplating at the moment how to protect the planter from the frost I've got some fleece to cover them and thinking if I cut back the tall sarras and just wrap it over the top and leave the drain off valve open will it be enough protection from the frosts to come ?

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On ‎14‎/‎10‎/‎2015 at 11:40 PM, Simon B said:

great ideas for the slug problem guys, but the beer traps and the occasional late night slug killing frenzy seem to be keeping them at bay for now. will definitely be trying the garlic may even grow some next year for just that.

 

contemplating at the moment how to protect the planter from the frost I've got some fleece to cover them and thinking if I cut back the tall sarras hand just wrap it over the top and leave the drain off valve open will it be enough protection from the frosts to come ?

HI Simon B so how did it go over winter although it was quite mild

Jim

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