This is another book I have reviewed lately. It’s author, Annie Martin, is otherwise known as “Mossin’ Annie.” She lives in North Carolina but that shouldn’t stop anyone (except maybe those in drought prone parts of the country who can’t even think about these verdant landscapes right now) from acquiring this book.
One of the best parts of this book is that Ms. Martin points out that moss is the ultimate in sustainable gardening (provided, of course that you are not wild collecting it!) It is very drought tolerant–as my own yard will attest. It needs no “inputs” as we have begun fashionably calling them: extra water, fertilizer or pesticides of any kind.
Nothing eats it. And best of all, it provides a home to endangered creatures like frogs and salamanders. What’s not to like about this?
Of course it does take certain conditions to grow moss and those are discussed in the book. My own horribly wet, acidic clay soil just happens to naturally attract mosses of all types so I am delighted. And while I wish my yard looked as lovely as the photo on the cover of the book, there are definite spots, with my own mosses and ferns, that are getting close (although most of my ferns have pretty much browned back after the drought summer we’ve had so I’ve cut them down. I won’t be taking photos to brag this year, that’s for sure!)
In any event, should you have conditions that are suitable for this type of gardening, I recommend this book highly. The photographs are lovely, the text is clear and there are projects for gardens/spaces of all different sizes.