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Growing moss

Moss growing on a no-till raised bed.When I was in high school, I was obsessed with water gardening.  My father and I built a little concrete pond in the backyard and I stocked it with plants and aquatic life.  But the places where the concrete liner rose above the surface were an eyesore, so I did everything I could think of to try to get moss to grow there.  I had absolutely no luck.  In the end, I decided that moss was hard to grow.

Looks like my raised beds don't think so.  After our six months of autumn, one bed has grown quite a nice crop of moss amid the Egyptian onions.  I hope that means that my no-till technique has built an equally lush soil ecosystem below the surface!

Like our endless autumn, our homemade chicken waterer delivers a steady supply of water.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Did you do anything to start off the moss? Or did it find its home its own?
Comment by Shannon Tue Oct 6 02:13:13 2009
That was all nature. I think that bed grew moss when others didn't because I raked a lot of the other beds to prepare them for their second plantings of the year. I got lazy on that bed and just poked individual Egyptian onion tops into the ground at intervals, leaving the soil surface otherwise intact.
Comment by anna Tue Oct 6 08:51:44 2009

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