Improving the bog garden

Until last weekend, I thought that my bog garden was complete. Sigh!

I already knew that it needed holes in the liner to stop the water stagnating. What I’d not thought about was some liner on the pool side of the garden. Then looking at the instructions again, it suggested putting bricks inside the bog to hold the walls up.

Too many reasons not to get the spade out yet again. Indeed, once I’d got going I realised a fourth. I needed to scrap away all the soil in the original bog garden, which is when I discovered the area was too small.In fact, most of the original would actually have been under the stones decorating the pond.

Aerial view of bog garden once the original soil had been removed.

The bog garden will still be on the small side because of the bricks I’ve lined it with. However, I’m really pleased to have emptied the rest of the garden of them. And in sorting out the bog, I’ve also improved the wall round the raised bed.

Many of the bricks have cement on them, which does make for rather a wobbly wall. Now, the worst offenders are underground and the more appealing ones are in the raised bed wall. So, it’s been a win-win kind of morning.

Bog garden being lined with bricks.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Improving the bog garden

  1. I too find that I start one seemingly simple job and find that several more have added themselves to the list!

  2. Tu avances bien à ton jardin , 👍

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    I know that sinking feeling when you realise that you need to undo all your recent work and start again! Once you have started it is a satisfying thing to do and I am impressed with the speed with which you got on with it. The garden is looking very good, Helen!

  4. A good two-for-one project then! I like how you hid the unsightly bricks instead of trying scrape / bash / whatever-other-means the concrete off.

    • Helen says:

      That would have been a job and a half, wouldn’t it! The woman I got the bricks from had started bashing the concrete off but no doubt realised it was tough work. The weather is helpfully doing that work for me where any remain above the surface.

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