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Edible Plants To Grow in Bog or Marshy Soil

Not everyone is lucky to own an ideal garden with good soil to grow any vegetables which they love. And if you are in this situation, don’t worry. Instead of fighting it, why don’t you choose edible plants that can grow in that condition? For example, if you have a sunken, wet area on your property, then plant edible bog plants instead of those that prefer drier soils.

Here, we’ve rounded up a list of edible plants that will cooperate with your bog soil. They belong to this soil so they can grow well with minimal care, and then they will give you good foods. Besides providing you with nourishment, they’ll also offer shelter and food to the local animal, bird, and insect populations. This, in turn, will make your land’s ecosystem healthier and happier overall.

#1 Cranberries

It’s one of the easiest bog plants to cultivate. You can either transplant wild cranberry vines or buy some plants from a reputable garden center. Then, plant them in sandy soil that’s at least eight inches underwater, after the last frost date in springtime.

#2 Water Chestnuts

Plant the corms (roots) in about 3 inches of soil at the bottom of the container and fill the rest up with water. Then set it in a sunny spot.

#3 Wild Rice

Wild rice is a water plant that creates incredibly nutrient-rich seed grains. This plant thrives from the midwest to the coast, throughout Canada and the USA.

#4 Flowering Rush

Flowering Rush requires a ton of sunlight and can thrive in both wet soil, and in water.

#5 Watercress

Cultivating these bog plants is remarkably easy. Just plant seeds in the soil beneath the water by poking them in about 1/4 of an inch. Seeds should be planted about 1/2 an inch apart.

#6 Water Spinach

This edible bog plant is also known as river spinach, Chinese spinach, or swamp cabbage. You can cook the shoots and tender leaves the same way you’d cook regular spinach, chard, or other leafy greens.

#7 Taro Root

This plant needs at least 200 frost-free days in order to grow to complete maturity. These tasty tubers are high in vitamins E and B6, as well as manganese and potassium.

#8 Sacred Lotus

You can steam or stir-fry the stalks like asparagus and make the flower petals into tea. The root can also be sliced really thinly and dehydrated into chips.

#9 Cattails

They grow pretty much everywhere, in zones 3 through 11, and they’re incredibly low maintenance.

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