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Hi all!

I am getting a place that comes with a koi pond in the back. I want to convert it into something else and I've been reading about bog gardens since a liner is already there. If I do a bog garden I would love for it to be edible or have some other functionality (beyond beautiful and oxygen cleansing) such as attracting pollinators and so on.
Does anyone have any good wet soil loving plant suggestions for the koi to bog garden conversion? Or any other suggestions on a good perma use for the space besides bog garden? I am in 6a/b and 7a/b (SW Virginia).
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A lot depends on where you live, but greater reedmace, waterlillies, water mint would do well in clod climes and things like waterchestnut would be nice if you have more warmth to offer.
 
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There are so many wetlands edibles, but I'm not sure what will do well for you.

Watercress (nasturtium officinale) is so easy, good if you like spicy flavours.

I've found marsh woundwort (Stachys palustris) to be much nicer than expected, Stachys floridana is maybe your equivalent, although apparently it can get out of hand, so you may need to check if you are allowed to grow it.

Others that look interesting are swamp morning glory (Ipomea aquatica) although again that can be invasive in some states. Rice; apparently there are perennial forms, and wild rice, Arrowheads are tasty (Sagittaria cuneata, and latifolia and sagittifolia), trapa bicornis I'd love to try but haven't managed to get hold of, pfaf reckon Wasabia, but I think you'd probably get a bit hot/cold there for it.  Bistort (Bistorta superba) mine has quite large seeds, I'm interested to try those, also butterburr (Petasites japonicus) has many edible uses.

There are more that would be good with a bit more cold protection: Canna indica, Colocasia esculenta, they could maybe be transplated out in spring like potatoes....

What sort of area will you have?  Could you have part aquatic and part boggy?
 
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Interesting leaves, pretty flowers and edible roots all in one.
 
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Thank you all for the replies and suggestions! I have a good list going now
 
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Nancy Reading wrote:There are so many wetlands edibles, but I'm not sure what will do well for you.

Watercress (nasturtium officinale) is so easy, good if you like spicy flavours.

I've found marsh woundwort (Stachys palustris) to be much nicer than expected, Stachys floridana is maybe your equivalent, although apparently it can get out of hand, so you may need to check if you are allowed to grow it.

Others that look interesting are swamp morning glory (Ipomea aquatica) although again that can be invasive in some states. Rice; apparently there are perennial forms, and wild rice, Arrowheads are tasty (Sagittaria cuneata, and latifolia and sagittifolia), trapa bicornis I'd love to try but haven't managed to get hold of, pfaf reckon Wasabia, but I think you'd probably get a bit hot/cold there for it.  Bistort (Bistorta superba) mine has quite large seeds, I'm interested to try those, also butterburr (Petasites japonicus) has many edible uses.

There are more that would be good with a bit more cold protection: Canna indica, Colocasia esculenta, they could maybe be transplated out in spring like potatoes....

What sort of area will you have?  Could you have part aquatic and part boggy?



Great suggestions and a substantial list of options for me. I think I could do part boggy and part aquatic. its not the largest of space but I like the idea of tiering it a bit as I think it lends to more wildlife. I am concerned about mosquitos with standing water but that's about it
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