Peat Moss

I’m so out of winter mode even tho’ it’s 44 degrees out and grey. Bleah. So, in search of green I headed to the swamps. Swamps have little green bits all winter, like Sphagnum moss:

This is at Squam Swamp.
And this is at Masquetuck- click on it twice to get the full green effect:
Lots of folk on Nantucket add peat moss to their gardens to improve moisture retention. I don’t like to as it grows so slowly and isn’t currently sustainably harvested (except in New Zealand). 
         The topsoil on our property was less than an inch thick when we first built our house. A quarter century of compost and henhouse cleanings have given us lovely rich soil tho’ we still plant winter rye every year. Today is the day I let the chickens in to scratch it all up so we can plant peas after Daffodil Day. I’ll post a picture of one day’s damage tomorrow!

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