Grow Moss in Winter

If I told you there’s something green sparkling in the February sunlight just outside your door, you might be tempted to take a look. Don’t be disappointed if all you find is moss. It sometimes pays to notice the familiar.

According to professional moss grower Annie Martin, who operates Mountain Moss ( in Brevard, North Carolina, these plants have antifreeze. In her book, The Magical World of Moss Gardening (Timber Press, 2015), Martin explains that ancient mosses developed phenolic compounds that have seen the plants through more than a few ice ages and continue to do so in our more temperate times.

Longer days and cool weather crops

Parsley in snow under protective cover.

Got snow? As I write, we are near white-out. But I am thinking of seedlings. There are the traditional late winter seedlings, yes, but there are also some outdoor adventures to be had in late winter growing. That's because, as our days get longer and brighter, it's actually possible to begin the planting process. 

For more on the topic, see my recent interview with Niki Jabbour, Nova Scotia resident and author of The Year-Round Gardener (Storey Publishing, 2011). Download the article below.

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