Grow your own moss on 'any' surface..?

Henri

Henri

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casey jones snr

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Moss is great until the birds start ripping it up to get at the insects underneath. They then leave the moss across rails ready to derail the next train.
 
korm kormsen

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thanks, Henri. that's a cool idea.
 
Martino

Martino

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I've tried the yogurt and beer mix. Didn't work for me here in NW Florida - it just got our Collies into a panic to go and lick it off!

I've tried the moss milkshakes too, without success.

I tend to have a better luck with a moss nursery in a dark damp patch, then transplant it and keep it damp!
 
daveyb

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finally i can get chest hair,,,,,,
 
tgood

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I've tried the yogurt and beer mix. Didn't work for me here in NW Florida - it just got our Collies into a panic to go and lick it off!

I've tried the moss milkshakes too, without success.

I tend to have a better luck with a moss nursery in a dark damp patch, then transplant it and keep it damp!
I have success using buttermilk at 50/50 with water. Works for me
 
casey jones snr

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Full fat milk just before it turns sour works a treat here in the East Midlands. I used to pour it over buildings, bridges, track, in fact anywhere where I felt like. Over the years the moss grew and grew, but as I stated in post #2, the birds love to throw it around when looking for insects causing derailments.
 
tgood

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Full fat milk just before it turns sour works a treat here in the East Midlands. I used to pour it over buildings, bridges, track, in fact anywhere where I felt like. Over the years the moss grew and grew, but as I stated in post #2, the birds love to throw it around when looking for insects causing derailments.
My biggest problem are the squirrels digging up everything to bury their black walnuts which become a pain come spring. So a trip to a friends farm in Iowa netted three tubs of corn for then to gnaw on. Seems to work.
 
Northsider

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My experience is that if you're in a moss-friendly area, you'll get moss; but be careful what you wish for! I ran a train this afternoon, and the moss threatened to derail the loco. When there is a frost, the moss freezes solid and prevents running. I dream of a moss-free line!