When the never ending rains make lots of moss bring it indoors! I went on a little walk in the rain yesterday and was loving all the different colors and textures I saw in moss so I brought some inside. I was inspired by Martha Stewart making a terrarium in a big glass jar which I just happened to have so I went to work making a moss garden in mine. It was one way to bring the outdoors in and so much fun to do. First I layered about 1 inch of gravel and sand on the bottom then about 2 inches of potting soil and watered it a little, you wouldn’t want to water too much because it has no where to go. Then I piled on some mosses and mossy twigs, I even found some little mushrooms. I added some rocks and a little black frog. Then I misted the whole thing and put the lid back on. I’ll keep you posted on how it works. I am always a little skeptical of things like this since I think plants do better with good drainage and air circulation, but moss might do just fine.
I also brought in some twigs of things that look about ready to go into bloom and put them in a vase in my corner kitchen window. I filled another vase with gravel and soil then added some more moss on top and stuck in a mossy stick and added it to my collection of potted herbs that are just starting to grow. I have a miniature basil called ‘Pistou’ in one pot, I have grown this before in a pot and I loved it. It only gets about 1 foot high and has tiny leaves with the greatest flavor, so easy to add to anything without even chopping. I also love chervil and have never tried it in a pot, since it is a small plant I figure it just might work and I love cooking with chervil, but it doesn’t keep it’s flavor when dry and it likes cool weather so is only at it’s best for a short time. I also planted some Italian parsley in another pot, I have done this before also and it works well, but outgrows its pot quickly.
These are my experiments in winter gardening…