Create a Beautiful Bog Garden

Some fabulous plants will only grow in soil that is permanently moist, and even if you don't have a boggy area in your garden, it's quite easy to create one.

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Cover Base With Gravel

To ensure that the drainage holes don't become blocked over time, causing the soil in your bog garden to stagnate, cover the liner with a 3-inch layer of gravel.

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Trim Edge of Liner

Fill the bog garden with the soil you excavated when digging the hole, together with some organic matter, and press it down. This will settle the liner into its final position. Use sharp scissors to cut any visible excess liner from around the edges.

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Place Perforated Hose Around Perimeter

A perforated hose, which allows water to seep out slowly, will make it easier to keep your bog garden wet during dry periods. Sink it into the soil all the way around the inside edge of the bog garden, leaving just the hose attachment above ground. You can then simply attach a garden hose to it when necessary. Since the hose attachment will eventually be hidden by plants, remember to mark its position in the garden.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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