My Little Moss Garden

My little Moss garden

I pull the nickle sized circle of moss off the log before putting it in the woodstove. It’s almost brown, but I think it’s still alive.

I put it in the flower pot with my African Violet on the kitchen windowsill and water it.  I’ve rescued three small circles of moss, all from the firewood, when I get the idea to start a moss garden.

So I google “moss garden” and find that I have all the things I need to start one.  A glass bowl, pebbles, soil, and bark.

I’m glad to see I kept the little round fishbowl and I get some bark with lichen on it from the woodshed.   I find another piece already growing moss on a dead tree in the woods.  I put what I hope is the right amount of water in the bottom of the bowl.  A layer of pebbles leftover from the fish tank on the bottom then a little soil, the bark, and on top of it all, the moss.

I add a snail shell for contrast then cover the bowl and put it on the windowsill.

It’s been three days and already the moss is greener and fuller than when I put it in.

I’m aware that this can become an elaborate hobby.  But I don’t see that happening.  I like having a place to put the moss that I find on the firewood and giving it a chance to grow.

I don’t know much about moss, but I think it will be interesting to see how it changes as it grows.

8 thoughts on “My Little Moss Garden

  1. I LOVE this idea! Whenever I see moss I always wish that I could save it…..I think I have pretty much all of the ingredients so will give it a whirl next time I come across some!! Thank you for the great idea!

  2. There’s a marvellous book by Robin Wall Kimmerer (of Braiding Sweetgrass) called GATHERING MOSS: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. “In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.”

    1. Yes, Hazel, I’m familiar with that book. I read Braiding Sweetgrass and it gave me a further appreciation of the marsh on the farm, and inspired me to have a Three Sister’s Garden. I’m sure to get to Gathering Moss at some point. Thanks.

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