I made a mini bog garden, and you can too!

I really like plants, and really don’t like bugs, so I’ve always been interested in plants that eat bugs! One day I decided to make a little mini bog garden and I recorded what I did in case anyone else is also interested in making a little garden that eats bugs.

Supplies

Carnivorous plants such as: Venus Fly Trap, Pitcher Plant, Sundew Plant

Peat Moss

Sphagnum Moss

Sand

Pebbles

Shallow pot that holds water

Extra plastic pots

Distilled water

The first step is to find some carnivorous plants. I choose a mature Sundew plant from a local nursery, and Pitcher Plant / Venus Fly Trap bulb kit from Lowes. I also bought a mature Venus Fly Trap from Lowes to bring to work.

Carnivorous plants thrive in poor soil and fertilizer and minerals will actually harm them! It is important for them to be in low mineral soil and only use distilled water. To keep these plants happy, a mixture of 3:1 Peat Moss to Sand works best. Also it is not 100% necessary for them to eat bugs.  They will grow just fine in a bug free environment. But I’m hoping mine will rid my home of any rouge gnats or flies that might make their way inside..

Because these plants live in marshes and bogs, a shallow pot that could hold water was chosen so the planter pots could sit inside and always stay nice and humid.

The plants were placed inside the shallow outer pot, and then three empty plastic pots were put inside to avoid the whole thing getting filled with rocks and being really heavy. The planter pots were just a little bit shorter than the outside pot, so they wouldn’t be too visible when the rocks were added.

The pots were covered with pebbles and some sphagnum moss to give it a natural look. Then distilled water was poured into the planter pots and into the bottom of the outer pot.

I wanted to try making distilled water myself. It was fun, but easier just to buy it!

This is the Venus Fly Trap that will be coming to work with me!

Both bog gardens are doing well so far. I can’t wait for the little pitcher plant and fly trap to grow big and start catching bugs!

Back in the Vegetable Garden

Last year my vegetables grew great.

Until my garden was suddenly overcome by weeds and then the vegetable plants got so overgrown and mixed with the weeds which turned into a giant green jungle and I got so overwhelmed I couldn’t look at it.

This year I really wanted to avoid that. So I make sure to spend a few moments once a week pulling weeds and taming the vegetable plants as they grow bigger and bigger.

My camera did a good job with this picture. Check out the detail!

I planted okra for the first time!  But I’ve never cooked with it before, hopefully I can make something good with it.

This year I bought all my plants at a nursery instead of starting them by seed indoors during the winter. It was a lot less work but it took forever for them to get big enough to start making vegetables, so next year I’ll go back to starting seeds indoors.

So far I’ve managed to avoid becoming overwhelmed, and I’m glad to be excited about my vegetable garden again!

You can check out past veggie garden posts here. It’s been a while!

A Garden Theme



A bit of a theme has appeared in the garden this year..


My wildflower garden was suddenly a sea of yellow and purple. 

A bit of an unusual color combination, but I didn’t mind it!

The Allium bulbs that were planted last fall had sprouted up as fluffy purple spheres. 
And the lone foxglove from last spring had certainly multiplied.







It’s interesting to watch what color themes emerge from the garden. It’s always changing.

A March Winter


It was a winter that was much colder than recent yeas had been. 

The flowers that begun to spring up in January of last year were nowhere in sight until March.

The cold continued, and it snowed more times in March than it had for the entire winter.















On the second day of spring, as I watched the snow covered the flowers, I began to forget what warm days felt like.  But now the snow has finally melted, and the cold has begun to fade away..  Winter might be nearly over.

Despite the Cold

Despite the cold that just wont seem to leave, flowers have begun to appear from the ground, and fill the yard with color.
Spring is one of the most exciting seasons, every day a little more green, and a little more color appears, after a long dark winter.

Snow Garden


The snow that fell in December, quickly covered the ground and all the plants with a fluffy white coating. 

Even the dead remains of flower stalks that I never got around to ripping out of the ground. 

They’ve sat there for months, taunting me with their ugly selves, a reminder of yet another thing I need to do that there never seems to be any time for. A reminder of a once pretty garden, now covered in overgrown dead brown stalks. 


But today the dead flowers looked kind of pretty, as the snow clung to their dried husks.








The garden isn’t so bad in the winter, especially when there’s snow around.

An Evening in my Mom’s Garden

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My Mom’s house is surrounded with spectacular gardens that she has been working on for the past twenty something years. I never really planned on having a big garden myself, but every year I find myself planing more and more flowers. I can see now where I inherited my love of gardens from!

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The back yard is home to a lush shade garden. But even further back, down past the pebble path, the tree house I used to play in can be spotted beneath the giant maple tree.

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Following the curvy grass path brings you to the front yard and a pond that’s loaded with water plants.

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Tulips and a Bee

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I’ve grown to really like Tulips. They never were one of my top favorite flowers, but I like that they seem to stay in bloom longer than any of my other bulbs, which bloom for a couple days and then turn into what looks like an old brown tissue. This fall I am going to plant an absurd amount of them and watch my yard explode with tulips when the spring comes.

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This pointy white one must have came in the variety pack I bought, even though the picture didn’t show any like this. I’ve never seen a pointy leaf tulip before. I hope he comes back next year.

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(Not a tulip, I just liked how this other plant looked!)

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Another reason tulips are good:  Their leaves fall off one by one while they’re still colorful, and never once look like a dried brown tissue.

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I saw this bee hanging out while I was taking tulip pictures. It’s rare to see an actual honey bee these days!

Flower Explosion

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I am always amazed at how quickly winter turns into spring. How one day you see some green poking up through the dirt, and then barely a week later. Flowers everywhere.

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This Hummingbird Moth loved the flowers!

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And just as quickly as they bloomed, the flowers faded away. Not to be seen again for another year.  I love these flowers that fill the front garden with giant splotches pf color. I just wish the blooms stayed longer.

The First Frost

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The first frost arrived last week. It was a month late this year.

The weather has been strange; unusually warm, and it hasn’t rained since early October.

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I just hope it snows this year!