Saturday, January 07, 2023

GardenDC Podcast Episode 132: Moss Gardening

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Annie Martin of Mountain Moss all about gardening with moss. The plant profile is on Orange Cosmos and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with Kim Roman of Square Foot Gardening 4 U, who shares the Last Word on Culinary Herbs.

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Show Notes: 01:15 Meet Annie Martin of Mountain Moss. 01:54 You don’t need a green thumb for moss. 04:42 “I have to admit, I’m just a mosser.” 07:20 Moss is immune to the cold! 08:56 Deer won’t pass through and feast on your moss garden. 09:49 “It could be a delicacy for someone today if they wanted to.” 10:30 Annie’s passion is to rescue moss from areas where it will be destroyed. 11:21 “If you’ve ever been in the South, that sounds a whole lot like a cuss word to me.” 12:39 Unethically and illegally harvested moss. 14:01 How to rescue moss. 15:29 Roof shingles aren’t damaged after Annie removes moss colonies. 16:35 What conditions do mosses need to be in after being rescued from the roof? 19:36 Rooftop mosses are exposed to the harshest conditions and still survive. 21:33 All about the benefits of moss! 21:49 “Part of the reason we create these landscapes is to make our hearts smile.” 22:07 Mosses watched the dinosaurs come and go. 24:38 Environmental benefits of moss. 26:06 Peatlands are being destroyed. 27:16 Moss lawns are better. It’s a fact. 30:00 Mosses eat through their leaves, not roots. 31:25 “They have sex better when they have water too.” 33:07 How is it even possible that moss survived Clorox? 34:15 All about Hedwigia Ciliata Moss. 35:58 Moss reproduction. 38:23 Since moss is slow growing, how do you convert to a moss lawn? 41:45 Choosing moss species based on microclimates. 43:55 Wait, I’m supposed to plant moss on the coldest days? 47:42 You don’t have to blend up your moss. 51:57 The three Ws: Water, Walking, and Weeding. 54:06 Moss doesn’t care about the nutrients in the soil. 54:40 Supplemental watering is the key to success. 55:55 Walk on, sit on, and hammer your moss. 56:38 Annie karaoke. 57:42 Keep debris off your moss. 58:26 Critter damage: how to fix it. 1:00:25 Critter deterrents. 1:03:03 Orange Cosmos: this week's Plant Profile! 1:04:59 Garden updates: Winter Jasmine and Oregon Grape Mahonia 1:05:41 Upcoming events: Photo contest, seed exchanges, book club meeting, spotted lantern fly, winter tree ID walk, learn to grow and use a dozen herbs. 1:09:27 “Groundcover Revolution” by Kathy Jentz. 1:10:37 “The Urban Garden” by Kathy Jentz and Teri Speight
1:11:36 The Last Word on Culinary Herbs from Kim Roman.

Annie is the author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening. (This is an Amazon affiliate link.)

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~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 130: Groundcovers versus Ground Covers

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Show Notes: Jessica Harden


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