When I’m having a bad day, one of the ways that I’ve found to take my mind off of my troubles is my moss garden. It’s nothing special, just a shady low area near the creek that could never grow grass due to lack of sun. But all I have to do is spend 30 minutes to an hour pulling tiny weed seedlings out of the moss and my troubles just don’t seem so important. And if it’s a really bad day, you get to toss several 100 Hickory nuts.
After hearing Mossin’ Annie speak at the UNCC Native Plant Certificate joint program with NCNPS-SP Chapter last March, I realized this was a perfect area to start a moss garden. Her formula is simple:
Mark off an area to designate as the moss garden. A place where moss is already growing is a good place to start.
Keep leaves, sticks and trash off by sweeping or blowing
Water daily to get the naturally occurring moss to spread (if you want super fast results Annie says water 3x/day, but I say start your project in January or February and hope for a normal NC wet spring. (Lazy garden rule #1…hope it rains tomorrow)
Pull out competing weeds…the thicker the moss spreads, the less you have to do this, but it’s an ongoing chore…and good therapy
It doesn’t hurt to walk on your moss, and I think it really helps it adhere to the soil layer underneath. As I learned from Annie, moss does not grow with roots.
Repair animal damage by just replacing torn patches and walking on them…easy! And I find this is the one area in my garden that I don’t mind animal visitors since the squirrel holes and dear tracks are pretty easy to stomp back into place.Water and Walk…that’s what Annie says. It’s very zen….that’s what I say!
From our friend, Paula Gross at UNCC Botanical Gardens….great ideas, great links, and great classes!
Don’t miss Botany for Gardeners and Naturalists – January 28-29
Begin with Botany! I think that’s going to be my new slogan. Plants are the basis of life on earth. They’ve mastered that little (awe-inspiring) trick of converting solar energy into energy that the rest of us heterotrophs need to live. Ready to be amazed by the plant kingdom and begin a journey of learning? Don’t miss the opportunity to take this weekend class with Larry Mellichamp, as it is only offered once a year. Open to everyone (14 & up).
Saturday January 28, 2017 (9am-3:30pm; ½ hour lunch)
and Sunday, January 29, 2017 (1:00pm – 5:00pm). (Snow dates: February 4,5)
Instructor: Larry Mellichamp, PhD. Director Emeritus of UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. Location: McMillan Greenhouse classroom at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. Cost: $115.00 Register online or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
CNPS & NCBLA credit hours: 10
Participants will receive a one year membership to the North Carolina Native Plant Society (new members only).
In this very engaging course, Dr. Mellichamp will encourage participation through his lecture and hands-on experiences with plant parts. His approach to botanical topics such plant diversity, plant organs and how they function, life challenges, flowers and reproduction and how populations change over time and space will shed new light on the garden and natural habitats. The working vocabulary and perspective gained will change the way you look at plants and set a foundation for future learning.
Year-long Learning and Engagement
We won’t leave you hanging when it comes to more opportunities to learn with friends and experts. Check out our current list of classes, workshops, and events. Classes through April are currently enrolling. May-December classes will be open for enrollment in late February, so mark your calendar. Additional summer-winter classes will be added, as well. This is a good list for future reference, but be sure to look out for emails or check our website for additional offerings later in the year.
We are proud of the range and quality of classes we offer, but our networks make us (and you) stronger, so explore the other rich opportunities for learning and connecting with plants and the natural world in the Charlotte region (links below).