It’s like nature’s shag carpet

I love moss.

I don’t know what it is that attracts me to it so much—but my love for moss is undeniable. Every time I pass a patch of it growing in some shady spot I smile. Most would try to eliminate it from their landscape—I welcome its growth. I want to bend down close to it and run my fingers over the soft terrain. I’m fascinated by the fact that a small patch of moss is actually made up of hundreds of little plants. I love how some of those little plants go wild and grow high above the surface of its neighbors.

So today I made a terrarium to bring a bit of that moss I adore inside. I grabbed a big mason jar from the garage and scooped a small pile of rocks into the bottom for drainage. I topped that with a bit of soil and then with G-tot’s tiny shovel—I couldn’t be bothered to find mine—I dug up a bit of moss from a shady spot in the backyard and carefully arranged it in the mason jar. Really simple, but in my opinion, quite lovely. What do you think?





11 comments to It’s like nature’s shag carpet

  • bf

    I’ve been following you on twitter (I’m @halfassbuddhist) and I really like your photos of moss in jars!

    So, I hope this doesn’t sound too Martha Stewart-ey, but I assume because you’ve made one post on your blog about moss, you are now the de facto moss go to girl…

    I’m re-doing the back of the house, and I’m laying down paving bricks thinking that I would put mortar between them, but now I think it would be cool to have moss growing between them – so do you think I should lay the bricks on a layer of pea gravel, with peat moss halfway up between the bricks and plant moss on the top?

    Whaddya think?

    I like your non-moss posts, as well!


  • Kym O'D

    I think in your pictures, it looks quite lovely. But in my garden, I hate it! And it’s all over, in between each of the patio pavers, and we try so hard to remove it every few months. Now I know where to send it :-)

    But really, you are such a brilliant artist, bringing life and beauty to things we otherwise pass by without a thought. Keep up the great work, and keep taking pictures of it!


  • bf—Honestly, I’m not sure. Your way sounds good but I’ve never actually tried to grow moss outside. I always just find it.

    Kym—Thank you so much. That really means a lot. :)


  • I commented here last night…where did it go?

    Oh well. What I think I said was something like I love moss too and as a kid would find huge carpets of it to lay under a tree and read. I think of it as nature’s pillows. :)


  • @ideatreks (Craig)

    will you name your moss?
    perhaps call it Randy? or Santana? ;)

    for @halfassbuddhist:

    Step 1 Put a handful of the moss you want to grow into a blender.
    Step 2 Add 1/2 tsp. sugar and one can of beer (the cheapest brand). You can substitute buttermilk for beer if you want.
    Step 3 Blend just long enough to mix the ingredients and break down the moss.
    Step 4 Spread the soupy mixture with a spatula over the ground or rocks where you want the moss to grow.

    Whoda thunk? Last night I learned about Kosher Pepsi, tonight how to grow moss.


  • I have heard of using moss as ground cover, and between pavers and stepping stones, but I’m not sure how to grow it. I think I saw something about it in This Old House magazine a few years back.


  • Vegas Princess—I love that!

    Craig—Nice info! The internet is so helpful. And why exactly would I name my moss? It’s not a pet.

    Nobody—This Old House rocks.


  • @ideatreks (Craig)

    b’cause Randy Moss and Santana Moss are both NFL players. I dunno why you’d name it :) I just wanted to put a bad joke in my comments!


  • @ideatreks—I see. Yeah, that reference was lost on a non-sports girl like myself. That would have been really funny if I had a clue. :)


  • I remember making terrariums in school, and I always wanted to make one again. Yours is lovely.


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