Moss on Our Nature Table and Up-Close

What a delightful addition to our nature table! Moss in a pot adds some color and texture to our little growing area of the nature table where we also have several varieties of cactus growing. The light seems just about right here for the moss and so far we have watered it once a week and it is still going strong.

The moss on the plate above was the specimen we brought inside to examine as part of the Moss Challenge from last week. We viewed it closely with our eyes, magnifying lens, and camera lens. There really is a lot to see and the parts of the moss are really interesting.

After viewing, I took a small pot and filled it with some regular garden soil and then placed our specimen on the top. I watered it well from the top and then pressed it firmly onto the soil. I did a little research and it said that moss really does like to be watered from the bottom so when I need to water it I place it in a small bowl of water and let it sit until the whole thing is moist.

Moss and capsules up close @handbookofnaturestudy.com

Here are few images that we took with our camera…really showing the capsules and the stems.

Moss up close @handbookofnaturestudy.com

Amazing structure and no wonder it is soft and enjoyable to the touch!

Our front yard is a great habitat for moss since we pulled out the lawn. The cracks in the pavers and the area below the retaining wall have moss that adds such a great feel to the yard. We did not plan on the moss but it just invited itself to grow in the cracks and crannies.

Moss-on-Rocks-@handbookofnaturestudy.com 

The big rocks in the foreground were bright green with moss a month or so ago but since we have had warmer temperatures and drier days the moss has turned sort of brown. I know with the next rain it will green up again so I will enjoy that when it happens. You can see our Lamb’s ear plant here in this image…one of my favorite low water plants in our front yard….I know it spreads but with the big rocks right there and the retaining wall behind, it can’t go too far.
So there you go…our continuing moss study! Don’t forget there is a free printable in the Moss and Lichen Challenge that you can use to record your own moss study.


How about your family? Have you found some moss to explore with all your senses?


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Comments

  1. This is inspiring! I can’t wait until we can actually find our moss again buried beneath the snow!

    We have some pretty star moss growing nearby. It will be nice to see it again. Spiders often make cool homes in them!

  2. Very cool! I can remember being fascinated with moss as a child and collecting iand creating little scenes inside bottles with moss, rocks and toy ladybugs.

  3. Great post! We looked at moss that was growing in our window box. & We found a great book to go along book: “Mossy” by Jan Brett– it’s a beautiful picture book about a turtle with a garden growing on its back. Highly recommend for younger kids!

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