After working with moss for kodadama, I became intrigued with the delicate beauty of moss. I recalled a favorite book, The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert. The main character is a botanist who's lifelong study was that of moss. I read an interview with the author who mentioned that in researching for the book, she read, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I immediately ordered the book and am enjoying it thoroughly. In the preface, the author writes about a memory of being five years old and looking at a snowflake through a magnifying glass: "It's the time when I first had an inkling that the already gorgeous world becomes even more beautiful the closer you look." I'd made a moss garden but hadn't thought to look at it through a magnifying glass. Removing the lid and breathing in the earthly scent, looking through 10X magnification, the moss became a miniature forest; a birds eye view of another world.
- potting soil
- moss (harvested from woods and shaded areas)
- decorative rocks, agate, various elements to create desired landscape
- shallow container (I used a glass pedestal piece which not only elevates the garden but the lid is useful to control the humidity)
- mister for bottled, filtered, or collected rain water
- Place a one inch layer of pebbles at the bottom of the container.
- Add a one to two inch layer of potting soil.
- Mound soil to create an uneven surface. (optional)
- Add a variety of mosses and arrange rocks or other elements
- Be creative!
Use a mister on the moss once a week to keep moist. Water lightly as needed. (moss does not like certain minerals so use the water mentioned above) If using a container with a lid, alternate days with lid on and off. Place in a bright spot with indirect light.