We have a space on the side of our house where Jeff’s is slowly growing a sort of secret garden. There are currently a lot of plants, a stone walkway, and then a space between the walkway and the fence. He used to have grass planted in that area, but it was hard to mow because it’s only the size of a couple lawn mowers. And weed-eating it didn’t exactly give it the most groomed look. So he decided to grow moss.
At first he asked the neighbor if he could use some of the moss from his back yard, so he planted patches of that in the area. But that looked like it was going to take a while to fill in the area, so we figured out how to grow moss for this small space garden. Here’s the “recipe” to grow moss:
You will need:
- a blender
- some moss
- ½ tsp sugar
- can of cheap beer (or buttermilk)
Put about a handful of the moss that you want to propagate in the blender along with the rest of the ingredients and blend just long enough to break down the moss.
Then spread the “soup” over the ground or on rocks where you want the moss to take over (use a spatula for rocks, a small shovel would work for larger areas). Then wait and watch your moss garden grow! I’ll put pictures up when it looks a little better.
Note: The first time Jeff learned how to grow moss he broke my good blender! This time he went to a thrift shop and bought a cheap blender to mix up his concoction. This is a MUCH BETTER idea! And, of course, that cheap blender mixed up about 10 batches of this moss soup and is still in working order.
I wonder if I could still make Margareta’s in it? Hum. . .
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