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« Reply #100 on: August 01, 2008 03:08:32 PM »

  Interesting idea, I would love to have bottles of green in the winter time but I have one point to make...moss like all living things requires oxygen and I see that the jars are sealed, is the moss doing okay without air?  or do you open them frequently enough that it is not an issue?
    ps I like the caterpillar!

Good point. I'm definitely no expert on moss and just made these terrariums based on instructions I found online. I read somewhere that oxygen for some plants can come in the form of dissolved oxygen in water. I don't know how creditable that fact is or if that applies to moss too.  I guess I'll just wait and see if my moss dies. Trial and error! heh

Okay, here's the science teacher in me coming out... Wink

Plants, including moss, take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during the process of photosynthesis. This oxygen will be released into the air. When plants need to get energy for cell functions, they use the process of cellular respiration (which is the opposite process of photosynthesis and is what we do). So, they'll use up some of the oxygen they produce and produce carbon dioxide which they'll release into the air. In a closed environment, it's pretty self-sustaining. Plants produce more oxygen than they need, so they should be all set!

Okay, end of science lesson...quiz on Monday Wink
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« Reply #101 on: August 01, 2008 04:04:10 PM »

i love love love this. i pick the catapillar....or the owls.....or the apples...Smiley i like them all!
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« Reply #102 on: August 02, 2008 09:29:01 AM »

  More fun things to do with moss...mix moss in a blender with water and buttermilk whiz up into a slurry and paint on perpetually damp rock or concrete with a brush for some fun "green" grafitti.  Oh and I did appreciate the li'l science lesson I guess I assumed the O2 would eventually be used up, forgot about that switching back and forth thing.
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« Reply #103 on: August 03, 2008 10:31:13 AM »

ok, so I got 3 lidded jars from the secondhand store, I've harvested 2 different mosses from the yard, now to go gather gravel and dirt. whee!
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« Reply #104 on: August 03, 2008 01:40:27 PM »

I was just in the thrift store and I picked up a canister- it has a white lid with some 70's kitchen fruits & vegetables design on it. So, I'll have to get a little crafty on it first Smiley

And, as I arrived home after another summer rain shower, I realized that this is the year for moss in my yard! It's been so damp, I'm seeing moss in places I've never seen it before! So, I should have no trouble with my harvesting!
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« Reply #105 on: August 05, 2008 05:26:26 AM »


Okay, here's the science teacher in me coming out... Wink

Plants, including moss, take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during the process of photosynthesis. This oxygen will be released into the air. When plants need to get energy for cell functions, they use the process of cellular respiration (which is the opposite process of photosynthesis and is what we do). So, they'll use up some of the oxygen they produce and produce carbon dioxide which they'll release into the air. In a closed environment, it's pretty self-sustaining. Plants produce more oxygen than they need, so they should be all set!

Okay, end of science lesson...quiz on Monday Wink

LOL , you're cute!

I have absolutely no moss in my yard, none at work (for sale or growing) and none down by the lake! This has not been a good year for moss in WI!
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« Reply #106 on: August 05, 2008 08:02:08 AM »

I swear around here if you stand still too long you'll grow moss - it's everywhere!

If anyone is having trouble finding moss look up Bonsai supply stores in your area or online. They usually sell chunks of gorgeous lush green moss that people use around their bonsai trees.  Grin
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« Reply #107 on: August 05, 2008 05:38:09 PM »

I lucked out today- I found a snail on some greens at work, I decided to relocate him to a nice little alley behind work- I found some moss growing there! Yippe. I've got a dinosaur in mine  Smiley
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« Reply #108 on: August 06, 2008 06:57:15 PM »

I lucked out today- I found a snail on some greens at work, I decided to relocate him to a nice little alley behind work- I found some moss growing there! Yippe. I've got a dinosaur in mine  Smiley

So sweet of you! I wonder if you could have tucked it in with the moss... what do snails eat? Guess I'll have to look that up! And, what kind of plants are in your avatar pic? Looks like a pitcher plant, almost!

I came across 2 little aliens in Santa suits that I think I might tuck in mine. I might need something else, too. I'll have to hit the store in a couple of days to see what I can find...
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« Reply #109 on: August 06, 2008 09:22:12 PM »

I made some too!! Thanks for the inspiration.




Contains the following: A mini watering can, a tiny cup of tea on a saucer w/spoon, a small bowl off egg yolks and a teeny whisk. I love them.
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