My Chicken Coop’s Carnivorous Bog Garden
In early October I created a carnivorous bog garden outside my chicken coop. It’s a sunny spot that I’ve done little with in the past. Plus, we were having problems with flies because of the proximity to the chicken coop. I didn’t know much about carnivorous plants and frankly didn’t think they’d survive outside in our zone 8a garden. Once I knew more about carnivorous bogs, it was a no-brainer. I needed to have one.
Three things happened this past year that convinced me I needed a carnivorous bog garden:
- I visited the new Master Gardener carnivorous bog demo garden at McCollum Park
- When volunteering at the fair, our Master Gardener booth was next to the bog garden display
- I learned all about carnivorous bog gardens during one of my perennial study group meetings
I do recommend talking to someone in your area that knows about setting up a bog garden. When I visited Odean’s Nursery in Snohomish, she gave me handouts on creating a bog garden and walked me through the process. It was a huge help. I can’t wait to see my new pitcher plants gobble up all the flies this summer. Here’s how I created my bog garden: