A Bed of Moss
Sphagnum moss covers the forest grounds in Southern New Jersey. Some people try to eradicate it when it encroaches into their tidy lawns. Not me. Once I dug up patches of it and transplanted it in the front yard where it meandered around a field stone bench we had.
Sphagnum has antiseptic properties and can hold up to twenty times its weight in water, much more than cotton. Sphagnum was used as a bandage for soldiers wounded in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) and World War I. By using sphagnum for bandages, cotton could be saved for making gun powder.
Daily Gratitude: more warm temperatures which allowed me to work in the garden!
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