Soil and Compost forum: This is what my bog garden soil is beginning to look like

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Jul 21, 2016 12:03 PM CST
Here is a photo of the soil down in my bog garden site. I see this everywhere down there now, the castings from the worms down there are beginning to be visible all over.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jul 21, 2016 1:06 PM CST
That does look like it would make for nice bog soil. What are you planting in that area?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Jul 21, 2016 1:14 PM CST
Mostly daylilies and Amaryllis with a crinum, and some asiatics along with a few annuals. I have just recently added a new layer of mulch over this part of the garden, had to add some boards in some of the areas it is still very wet after a couple of weeks of very hot dry weather.

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jul 21, 2016 2:24 PM CST
Larry - do all of those plants like the boggy conditions?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Jul 21, 2016 2:40 PM CST
Yes, they love it! When I first planted Amaryllis I was afraid the bulbs would rot, but I did not lose any to rot. The same with the daylilies, the cannas and the crinum.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jul 21, 2016 4:03 PM CST
Yeah - you would think that bulbs would rot. Does your bog garden dry out at times?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Jul 21, 2016 4:16 PM CST
Normally when we have drought years by the fall it has dried up to a certain extent, but so far this year it is showing very little signs of drying. It works out well when it drys some in the fall for hauling more organic matter down. I have built it up several feet in some parts but still it decomposes very fast.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jul 21, 2016 6:18 PM CST
I would guess that the root systems can go pretty deep in such loose soil. Jealous.

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