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« on: February 20, 2009 07:49:49 PM »

I've been wanting to make some terrariums for a while now, but I don't want to go tear moss/plants up out of the ground. Plus it's the middle of February.  But my work has a huge greenhouse and while I was walking through today I found a bucket of torn up moss and rotten tomatoes.  So I removed the tomatoes and swung in to goodwill on the way home, and voila! Terrariums on a whim.   Hopefully they live... I've never actually tried to grow moss before.  I tried to pick out the pieces with the most dirt attached:

Now. I have a lot of this:

leftover.  I'd like to dry it and use it for projects but I don't want it to turn brown.  How do I do that?

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2009 08:15:26 PM »

I love the one in the short pitcher, so cute!

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009 12:32:44 AM »

I don't think it's the kind of moss that won't at least brown a little. Just make sure you dry it in an area with lots of airflow and lack of moisture. Stick the moss on a rack or some newspaper in an out of the way place. Whenever I dry stuff I stick it in my closet on a top shelf on some newspaper. Other than that I'm really not sure how to prevent it from browning.

I have a moss terrarium right now and I probably water it every couple week and it's chugging along. Mine however is a large jar so you might have to water yours more since their open. But aren't they so neat?! I love them.  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2009 12:17:24 PM »

These are so cute! I love them.  I want to make one now.  I have no idea where I would get the moss though.  Great job Smiley Smiley Smiley

« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2009 08:49:12 PM »

They're so happy and green!  I might have to make my own.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2009 05:00:46 AM »

I always like the look of these :-) I shall make some for myself, once the house is in a good enough state to put pretty things in [grin]

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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2009 10:01:59 AM »

Thanks! They are still green, and some of the other moss I collected has died already, so hopefully they will make it!

« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2009 05:50:38 PM »

Great job!!  I was thinking of having my Daisy Girl Scout Troop do a small terrarium in a small sealed jar.  I think that they look so beautiful...

« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2009 05:57:07 PM »

We had a super-nice day on Friday, so while I was inside puttering and occasionally hollering out the window for a roll call, my little girls, unsupervised by me, pulled up an entire bucket-full of moss from our next-door-neighbor's side yard.


Of course, if I'd known it, I would have been just as likely to give them trowels and teach them how to dig up the moss nicely because I've been wanting to make terrariums SO badly as I would have been to tell them to stop digging up stuff in the neighbor's yard (I might not be a good neighbor).

So then I showed them how to lay the moss out on sheets of cardboard in the yard to dry. I don't know whether or not it'll turn brown, though.

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