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Meh, hes outside putting in pipes and building things and all that....he will be back! Haha!
 
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He is easy going and won't be mad! Right? Timothy? lol
Meh, hes outside putting in pipes and building things and all that....he will be back! Haha!
No worries.
Reading about the poison oak and ivy reminded me of a kid in school back in the dark ages that said he was immune to poison ivy. To prove it he rubbed it all over his face, arms, and even chewed some. He missed an awful lot of school over the next couple of weeks.........
 
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No worries.
Reading about the poison oak and ivy reminded me of a kid in school back in the dark ages that said he was immune to poison ivy. To prove it he rubbed it all over his face, arms, and even chewed some. He missed an awful lot of school over the next couple of weeks.........
Oh my! Thats what you get for bragging! Lol! I did know that kid though, my best friend. That somebeech actually was immune! I hated him for it too, lol!
 

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My husband is immune, it do not bother him one bit. But I am the one that does the yard work, grooming etc. So I get exposed to it all of the time. I have started wearing long sleeves and pants when mowing, take a dawn dish soap bath when I am done, it cuts the oils. Constantly on the look out for it.
 
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Time for an update. It's been a couple of weeks since the system was placed "on line" and everything is doing well. Using pea gravel in one box and lava rocks in the other made no difference whatsoever to this point. The lava rock side (right side) is slightly lighter but when this old man was lugging the bags up the ladder you'd have thought they were lead by the sounds and grunts. Granted the plants had to be put in a little deeper to prevent them from floating up, but since neither the PG or LR provide any nutrients (purely a function of the pond water,) at this point the decision to use either would seem to be a matter of preference and/or availability.
The distance from the pump (approximately 44 ft.) and the bog's height (10 ft above the pond surface) work well to keep the water flow modest and prevent the current from tending to scour out the troughs.
This is where we are today keeping in mind our spring has been marginal temperature wise;
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The return which will be better disguised in the near future is just behind the frog. The other hose in the middle of the second image is a temporary hose that I hook up when rain is forecast. It and another hose on the other end of the pond are attached to downspouts from the garage roof which nets the pond three times the amount of rain that falls. ( A half inch of rain will bring the pond level up 1 1/2" ) Being on a well this has proved to be very beneficial.
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The second hose can be seen just before the mermaid.
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Thank you!
Now it's a wait and see what happens scenario. The creeping jenny has taken hold in both boxes and is beginning to send out tendrils which I'm training to "flow" over the edge.
So far everything is working out well; turn on the pump, open the valve and the cycle is complete. I'll post updates on this every so often - the good, the bad, and the ugly. :)
 

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I like creeping jenny, right now blooming a pretty yellow flower. That is going to look neat Tim trailing creeping jenny
 
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I like creeping jenny, right now blooming a pretty yellow flower. That is going to look neat Tim trailing creeping jenny
Thank you!
I like the creeping jenny as well. It has a nice tight texture that covers well and is even hard for me to kill!:)
 
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Here's a couple photo's of the "sky bog" today;
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The big bog was getting pretty thick with growth so I decided to cull a little out. The root systems that had developed along the edges were like carpet! Here's a couple shots of what came out........
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Happy Father's Day to all you dad's!
 

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They grow like weeds. I have to constantly yank extras.
 
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They grow like weeds. I have to constantly yank extras.
Those root systems are incongruous. They are in fact the filter of the system, but are also what may slow the water down and cause a back up. It's not hard to haul whole sections of roots out, but I was surprised at how dense they are. I just haul out four or five pounds of them, shake off the tads, and wing the roots into the woods.:)
 

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I need to purge my bog a bit, had to open different water paths out of the bog due to tremendous plant growth. No obstruction leaks yet, but sure do need to keep a eye out for them.
 
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Here's the last update for this year. The plants are beginning to fade as the days are shortening - we've already lost two hours! I know it's September, but just yesterday it was July. I've been told the older one gets the faster time goes. That is an understatement! The saving grace is fall is my favorite time of year and when winter sets in I can spend some leisure days in the shop next to the wood stove and not feel guilty because there's nothing I can do outside. The pond, plants, and everything out there can rest under a blanket of snow, and I'll content myself with indoor projects.

The "Sky Bogs" worked well. They will need more frequent culling than I had anticipated, but I should be able to get around that by planting slower growing plants with a less aggressive root system. I still haven't decided whether to leave water in them over the winter, but I'm inclined to draining and replant if necessary in the spring because I'm a little concerned with what expanding ice may do to the integrity of the boxes. There will still be about an inch of water in the boxes after draining, but that won't pose a problem.
It's a little difficult to distinguish between the "Climb-At-Us" (Clematis), and the other growth on the structure, but this pergola was naked this spring! I think by next year it will be covered pretty much to the degree my mind's eye had envisioned.
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The tall plants on either side of the top (...the male pattern baldness...) are coming from the bogs and started out as 8-10" plants in May. I have already culled them once. It's hard to tell, but there is some Creeping Jenny beginning to creep across the lattice on the "roof". So far, this has been a fun experiment. I'll reserve final judgement until next spring when we see how it wintered over.
 

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Your experiment worked great! Bog bean might make a nice plant it grows slow, spreads slow.
Has pretty white flowers in the spring.
 
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Thank you Tex. It was one of those idea's that kept rattling around in my head for a couple of seasons so I thought I'd give it a shot. So far so good. Not sure what to expect over the winter. I guess we'll find out because I'm not going to dismantle them, I'll just drain them before the first hard freeze and see who survives.
 

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