A Bed of Moss

sphagnum 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!

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012.

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11 thoughts on “A Bed of Moss

  1. I love moss….love, love, love it…I nurture it around the house…am thrilled when it takes over corners of the lawn….save it anytime I can…. And take so many photos of moss when on hikes…. love it!

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