Happy gardening accidents: Growing moss

I sowed spinach seeds in early November. They didn’t germinate, and as the holidays drew near I left the seed flat alone in favor of other responsibilities.

I came back to it this week, intending to sow another round of early spring greens and my first round of summer vegetables.

baby moss

Baby moss is growing in the flat.

This isn’t terribly surprising–after all, commercial seed starting mix often contains a high percentage of highly acidic peat moss, and acid soil combined with regular moisture typically yields moss.

While many people view moss as something to eradicate from the lawn, I love its texture, its character, and its ease of maintenance. I know very little about different species of mosses but am so intrigued by this happy gardening accident that I’m going to do a bit of research and nurture this plant along.  I have a low brick wall in the shade that needs some aging.

infant moss

Do you know much about mosses? Please share your insights.


4 thoughts on “Happy gardening accidents: Growing moss

  1. People who live in wet climate where moss does well usually do not like it. Those who live in climate that are not kind to moss growing seem to pine for it. Familiarity breeds contempt.
    I don’t know much about them. Where I live you can grow moss but not easily. I have a patch of Irish moss (Sagina subulata) that is growing well in the shade between rocks. Around us are bogs where sphagnum moss grows on its own (in saturated ground).

  2. Pingback: Garden project for a wet winter day: Desktop moss garden | MissingHenryMitchell

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