May. 16th, 2008

Moss!!

May. 16th, 2008 08:48 pm
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I have always wanted a mossy garden, and always thought that if I actually owed a place someday I would ditch the grass completely and just fill the yard with plants rocks, and glorious MOSS filling in the spaces.

Problem is, how does one willfully grow moss? I've never figured out the right way to do that.  Transplanting one clod at a time just didn;t seem to cut it.

Well, the key, according to Moss Acres, is crappy soil, acidity, a bit of moisture, and moss spores. And a blender. Take some moss and chop it up with a bit of water and beer or buttermilk and this stuff called "slurry". This adds the acidity moss likes.

Then, spread the green slime over some bare soil or rocks, mist with water now and then and wait a while. You'll end up with a beautifully varied carpet of green that you don't have to mow.  And yes, it works on vertical surfaces.  It also sounds like there is great potential for a highly original art car in this.

So who wants to go for a walk with me and gather up some varieties of moss? I have some Chimay. It's a rainy weekend, a fine time to be mad scientists with a blender.


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