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Cultivating Moss

Q. I am interested in cultivating moss on the sides of some of my stone garden urns to give them a natural, aged look. How do I do this?

A. Since moss thrives in a shady, moist environment, containers should not be located in full sun. Mix the following ingredients (proportions are not important):

  • moss already growing in your yard, preferably on a stone surface
  • buttermilk
  • wine vinegar
  • corn oil

Apply directly onto the surface of the urns and keep them in a cool, shady spot for about one month. Apply more until moss begins to grow. There are also many paints available that can lend an “antiqued” look.