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Re: moss

Marge, I was waiting for you to tell us that if prepared correctly moss
is excellent as an accompaniment to pork chops.


Marge Talt wrote:

> Well, I've always been a bit doubtful of the success of this method.
> Have not tried it, but I spent many years in totally futile efforts
> to transplant moss from parts of my gravel drive (damp, part sun,
> clay underlying soil) to the edge of a shady border where moss was
> already growing nearby.  It always died, no matter how I babied it
> and watered it - the nearby 'native' moss in the "lawn"
> flourished.....
> My singular lack of success in this endeavor, I later learned from
> reading Schenk's Moss book, was probably because various species of
> moss have fairly specific requirements about where they will
> flourish.  You cannot, for instance, take a piece of moss from a
> sunny spot on a rock and expect it to grow in clay in the shade.
> (tried that, too)
> Moss spore is in the air all around, all the time, in about all
> climates (except maybe Antarctica).  If the conditions for its growth
> are right, it will grow, whether you want it to or not (had
> flourishing colonies on our old cedar shake roof where I did not
> really want it).
> Now, if you find moss growing somewhere and have the same conditions
> in your garden (i.e. soil/rock, moisture, light), your success in
> transplanting it will likely be a lot greater.
> I have moved clumps of moss growing on nodules of clay from one place
> to another with success by lifting the entire nodule of clay:-).
> My feeling is that if you have rocks you want moss to grow on, your
> best bet is to keep them constantly moist and wait for some spore to
> land:-)
> However, I would like to hear from someone who has, personally, used
> one of the blender methods and had it work and had the moss survive
> over a good period of time.
> Also, since I acquired the Moss book, I have wondered about the few
> places who sell moss for people to start moss gardens.  On the few
> occasions that I've bought a moss, I've managed to kill it.  Does
> anybody have any experience with buying in potted mosses and having
> them survive in the garden?
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Kitty Morrissy <kmrsy@earthlink.net>
> >
> > Another, simpler, recipe calls for a handful of moss, a can of beer
> and a
> > 1/2 tsp of sugar.  Buttermilk may be used in place of the beer.
> Spread 1/4
> > inch thick and in 5 weeks moss begins to grow.  The author of this
> one goes
> > on to describe a method of growing it in removable sheets as well.
> >
> > Kitty
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