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Making a bog garden
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Meanwhile back in the natural garden, how about planting a bog garden?

The big difference between a pond and a bog garden is a pond contains standing water while a bog garden is just wet ground, so the conditions suit different plants.

However, it’s not just the degree of wetness that’s different.

Pond plants need a low-nutrient environment with as little organic matter as possible, whereas bog plants like quite the reverse, with lots of nutrients and all the organic matter they can get. So although a pond and a bog garden are natural partners, they provide very different habitats.

Create your bog garden about 30cm (1ft) or more away from the pond on the lower side. By keeping the bog garden lower than the pond and a slight distance away from it, nutrients cannot be washed out of the bog garden and into the pond. Run-off from the bog will carry nutrients into the pond. This encourages green algae or blanketweed to grow in the pond and oxygenators to become overgrown. Besides making the pond look unattractive, this tips the whole ecosystem out of kilter. By keeping the two habitats separate, both features will thrive.
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