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?

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

  • bf

    Hi,
    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!

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  • 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!

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  • 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. :)

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  • 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. :)

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  • @ideatreks (Craig)

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

    for @halfassbuddhist:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_11697_grow-moss-garden.html

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • @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!

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  • @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. :)

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

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