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moss-maniac's Moss Gardens and Wabi Kusa style works...

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    One year ago I opened my mossgarden tank No. IV -
    like I did today, too - and it still is quite alive and in not bad condition without doing anything.
    It is located outdoors - forgotten under the big roof of my garden hut (in the shadow) - hanging around for years...

    No artificial light - maybe one time in summer two cups of water - that's it. No fertilizing.
    In summer I close the south/west side with a wooden board - to protect the tank from too much sun in the afternoon.
    Normally I only open the glass lid if I want to take a photo - maybe twice a year.
    Mostly the screens are wet - especially in the morning. And they are always dirty ... :whistle:
    But I think it is an interesting experiment - very easy to keep alive.

    Last summer the sphagnum moss was about to die, like melting... because the wind has blown away the sidely shadow board, and the tank became almost boiled by the heat, but in the menatime it has recovered very well again. Also the very light parts of it are alive...
    Little plants come and go.... Sometimes a buckler fern become much too big, then I remove it from the tank. There is not really a soil in the tank, only some ground that was hanging on the moss - or stones, or rotting wood, where it was growing on.

    So - this year's quick and dirty photos of Mossgarden IV:

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    Blank floor glass plate with some slime mould... wandering to the front screen already ... :confused:
    We will see....

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    Hi Ev, great to see you have life Sphagnum in that tank.. :) (y)
     
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    Thank you - yes, since years Marcel...
     
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    Hi Ev,

    That'srealy nice.. :) Also see you have an Asplenium (trichomanes) fern in it.. Beautifull little fern. :) I happened to order me a couple last week. and just got the conformation they will be delivered today. It comes together with the Thelypteris palustris (Sumpffarn).
     
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    What haven't you got growing in that corner. It looks a very relaxing area to sit in on a hot summers day.

    I have an area about 24sq Mt (the old Orchid area) plus an undercover/enclosed work area and benches, there is also a 3sqMt hot box as well at the end of our home. You would love to have in your backyard.

    This area will become a fernery after it is all cleaned up early next spring. I have a good Landscape Gardener a few doors away.

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    Oh sorry Keith, Marcel - I missed your post :unsure: found it only today...

    Asplenium fern I also like very much, but outside in the garden they do never survive a really long time here.

    In that corner behind the garden house there are the mossgarden-tank and kitchen herbs....

    Paraguays moss bowl reminded me to have a look how the tank developed since spring - I did not open it at all since April.
    We had an extremely hot summer and some of the moss seems to be burned, but especially the sphagnum is still very well growing.

    And the strange slime is also still there... :censored:(n) and another fern has come on its own on the front screen - I will remove it and plant it in the garden, it will become too big for the tank.

    This is "The Forgotten Moss Garden" - quite messy : I had been away more often with my van this year and less time for house and garden.... typically retired: no more time for anything :whistle::whistle::whistle:
    in the last weeks I had to remove 40 (!) dead Box tree balls and 25 m box tree hegdes.... the garden really stinks from all the dead box tree moth caterpillars :cautious:

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    The strange slime - Mycetozoa ?? - or whatever it is....
    seems to grow well - interesting thing but it also looks like an alien being... :censored:

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    I also threw some leftover aquarium moss (don't ask me which ones!) in my crowded waterlily pond and it developed really nice and very healthy without doing anything on some pot plants there, that are waiting for a home...

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    In the 5ft Terrascape I was thinking of trying to grow some Sphagnum moss across the back of the tank in front of the climbing vine. I will soak it for a few days and wring all the water out first and see what happens.

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     
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    Good idea Keith (y)
    - but it must not be heat sterilized. Here they are. So I never tried it with dried one.

    Shouldn't it be possible to get a living one in australian orchid forums or orchid societies to a reasonable price?
    http://orchidsaustralia.com.au/index.php/os-vic

    I was quite shocked how expensive this moss is in ebay australia.:coffee:
     
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    It will grow again as in nature it dries out completely I can get bush moss easily only a phone call away but it must be kept very moist remembering the tank is now open no top.

    http://www.oscov.asn.au/
    I was the vice President and Show Manager for many years

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    Oh yes, I remember Keith, (y)


    the best way is to find a piece of wood or brick, where moss is already growing on - this will normally stay alive easier for a long time...
     
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    Mysterious how nature finds a way and rebounds.On a walk go on with the dog we pass an old farm were the farmer has dumped a load of old housebricks its in the cover of small silver birch trees and in winter autumn early spring covered in moss and fern,all summer with the heatwave it turned brown and just disintegrated,the recent cooler weather and rain its again green with moss you woulnt know the bricks were there
     
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    Sphagnum moss must be kept very moist remembering the tank is now open no top.
    I can get plenty of Lichen I have tried it but it dries out and dies very quickly.

    Next time I go to the big garden store I will see if they have any Bush Moss.

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    Yes, that is what I meaned Paraguay -

    didn't you have living sqphagnum uncovered in orchid pots, in forer times, too Keith?
     
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    The Spag moss is collected wild and sold in very big bags looking at that video my bag would be worth $300-$400 easily, and it will re grow. I would grow native orchids on it.

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     
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    For sure Keith,
    here you can buy it sometimes alive in reasonable portion packs at terrarium zoo shops .
     
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    After a bush fire or a controlled burn off naturally a lot of undergrowth is burnt but not long after its new growth every where.

    At the tip of Aust the cattle breeders every year have big controlled burn offs reason new grasses for the cattle.

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     
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    How do you come to bush fire now, Keith? (n)
    But I also burn off my dry big pennisetum grass each spring, because I am too lazy to cut it back - :whistle:
    it burn off in a few minutes and always grows very well afterwards...

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    Yesterday I put a bit of the sphagnum in one of the pots in the waterlily pond - to try, if it will survive there with "wet feet" just open in the sun.
    We will see.
     
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    We have had big bush fires about a month ago reason no rain and many areas are tinder dry. Either started by stupid "Fire Bugs" or lightning strikes.

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    Plants/Trees are stronger than many think they are.

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     

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