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Grow a Bog Garden in a Pot

You dont need much space to enjoy a few wonders of nature. In fact, I have everything I need here to create a bog-like garden for my balcony.

Carnivorous plants like the pitcher plant (Sarracenia) and sundew (Drosera) grow in wet acidic environments known as bogs. This curly reed (Juncus), elephant ears (Colocasia), chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon') and moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia) grow in wet soggy areas in or next to ponds.

Once you select the plants, find an all-weather pot without drainage holes. Mix equal parts of clean sharp sand and peat to create your planting mix.

Arrange your plants to provide a pleasing display, making sure the tall plants do not overshadow the smaller ones. Set the plants in the potting mix so the crowns are just above the soil surface.

Grow in a sunny location and water as needed. Tap water is usually ok, but rainwater or water collected in your rain barrel, or dehumidifier will be even better.

A bit more information: Grow tropical and carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) indoors in a terrarium. The plants will thrive in the moist humid environment. And the whole family will have fun feeding flies and other insects to the carnivorous plants.

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