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Peat's Bog 


Congratulations! Your parents were going through an old dusty trunk in the attic and found your great-great-great-great sister's cousin's uncle in-law Peat's will. And guest what?! He left you a peat bog complete with water, muck, stinky smells, lots of crazy birds and cool insects.

 A peat bog? What the heck is a peat bog? A peat bog is a wetland with acidic water and special plants. Sphagnum moss is one of those special plants. Other wetlands that you might be familiar with are swamps and marshes.

So, what's peat? Peat is made of dead Sphagnum moss that is broken down into small bits of plant parts. You can still see little pieces of leaves and twigs in it. Sphagnum peat moss is the same stuff you find at the garden supply store that gives a boost to your garden soil. It's full of nutrients and good stuff for healthy plant growth.

Now, the big question is, what are you going to do with your peat bog? Your Dad says that no way can you keep it in your room, and it's probably too big to fit in your locker at school. But seriously, what are you going to do with it? Let's see.....do you like to ice skate? Well, you could drain your bog and build a skating rink over it. On the other hand, if you've always wanted a pond to swim in, you could flood it. And then again, it might be cool to just leave it the way it is!

Of course it's not as easy as just pulling a plug or filling the tub. You've gotta ask yourself how what you're doing might affect the plants and animals who live there.

So what's it going to be? Drain it, flood it or leave it alone?

Give it a try below at Uncle Peat's Bog! 




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