CW's Back Yard Water Garden Begins!


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Ok, the urbanite patio is turning into a real pain in the butt, but I'm really enjoying the challenge of it. It's like playing Tetris with a jack hammer so you always win. I might be just a bit short of material to make the patio the size I want. Tempted to go bust some chunks out of my old driveway to finish it. We need a new one anyway...

While I calculate how confused the wife would be to come home to see that, here's a bog question:

Is there any use keeping 6" depth of water above gravel? Right now, the pea gravel slopes up towards the waterfall weir. Water is about 6" deep at the back of the bog, and maybe 1-2" deep at the front.

I have about a yard of pea gravel remaining that I could add if shallower water would accommodate a larger variety of plants.
 
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My bog is anywhere from 3-4 inches of water above to zero water above. All the plants , either in water or out grow the same, excessively.
 

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Jesus I missed a lot! I will say that a corner of the liner I ordered from AT was just completely peeling and not waterproof. They did send me way more than I ordered so I just let it slide. My solution when I ripped a little hole with a rock was some good ol GE silicone 1, seems to be holding up decent ish. Sounds like things are on the uptick though, keep pushing!
 
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my bog has about 1-3 inches water above the gravel line, but I wanted that to create a vernal pool affect for tree frogs in my area to breed.

That's funny because we probably have 20+ frogs in the pond already and, as far as I can tell, not a single one of them in the bog!

I also noticed the other day that there's about 25 tadpoles per square foot on the rocks in the pond. Like, every single surface absolutely covered with tadpoles.
 

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I get tads in the ponds and the bog. I always worry about the green frog tads in the bog, they will get stuck there when I turn off for winter. I do a tad search and toss in the pond when I do winter shut down.

The tree frogs lay in the bog, you can tell since the tads are so small. The toads never use the bog.
 
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That's funny because we probably have 20+ frogs in the pond already and, as far as I can tell, not a single one of them in the bog!

I also noticed the other day that there's about 25 tadpoles per square foot on the rocks in the pond. Like, every single surface absolutely covered with tadpoles.
I do know tree frogs in particular aren’t going to want to breed where they know fish are which is why they’d prefer the bog. Does your pond have fish yet? I have tree frogs that have moved in to my pond already, but I haven’t seen any signs of eggs yet.
 
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I do know tree frogs in particular aren’t going to want to breed where they know fish are which is why they’d prefer the bog. Does your pond have fish yet? I have tree frogs that have moved in to my pond already, but I haven’t seen any signs of eggs yet.

No fish yet. That might be why.
 
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Well, the rain is back. La Niña is really unleashing on us this year.

Barney and I are playing in the mud again as work on the patio continues. What a wet mess.

I bought a 15 lb rotary hammer at Harbor Freight for $150 to shape my urbanite slabs and it is AWESOME. If it only lasts through this one project, it will totally be worth it.

Like all new things, I’m getting better as I go. Liking what I’m doing now and not loving what I finished a few days ago. But now that I have the roto hammer, I can go back and make small changes that I think will make a big difference.

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Well, the rain is back. La Niña is really unleashing on us this year.

Barney and I are playing in the mud again as work on the patio continues. What a wet mess.

I bought a 15 lb rotary hammer at Harbor Freight for $150 to shape my urbanite slabs and it is AWESOME. If it only lasts through this one project, it will totally be worth it.

Like all new things, I’m getting better as I go. Liking what I’m doing now and not loving what I finished a few days ago. But now that I have the roto hammer, I can go back and make small changes that I think will make a big difference.

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Patio looking really good CW...what will you put between the rocks? Gravel?
 
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Patio looking really good CW...what will you put between the rocks? Gravel?

I'm going to plant it! Probably with creeping thyme or similar. That's why I have wide joints. Some of them are too wide, though, and I'm getting pretty good at shaping the slabs, so I'm going to head outside now to tinker with it.
 
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¡Lo voy a plantar! Probablemente con tomillo rastrero o similar. Por eso tengo las articulaciones anchas. Sin embargo, algunos de ellos son demasiado anchos, y me estoy volviendo bastante bueno dando forma a las losas, así que voy a salir ahora para jugar con él.

Soleirolia soleirolii It's the best plant for your purpose

 
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For several posts, I was thinking urbanite was actually some kind of stone. :LOL: This is looking great! You are going to enjoy it so much!
 

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