Today in the Greenhouse – Making Moss Paint

Jun 11, 2014 | Gardening, Potager | 8 comments

I’ve been wanting to do this forever and now that I have my greenhouse space and the moss is in full force around the farm I thought there was no time like the present.
I dug out all my little terra cotta from my garden barn and went-a-moss-huntin’.  We have tons of moss growing on the shady side of the house near the wooded area and right up against the foundation.

I looked around the Internet for different recipes and got the gist of it.  So I took two cups of moss, thoroughly rinsed, one cup of yogurt and a tablespoon of sugar (adding little bits of water to make it easier for the blender).

I’ll warn you, it’s a rough blend.  Maybe don’t use your best blender.  And it stinks.  Like a fish market.  I don’t recommend bottling your left overs as it just smells too bad.

You see examples of how to grow moss all over the place but I hope to actually inform you if this really WORKS as the weeks go by.  I have the pots sitting in my greenhouse where it’s nice and warm.  I suspect the moss will grow on the sides that don’t receive sun. 

This project is coinciding with my effort to grow my own lavender and rosemary.  I have been buying small rosemary topiary standards for the farmstand and have two gorgeous double standards in my herb garden.  Growing them myself is another skill I’d like to acquire.  I’m never satisfied until I can do something myself.  The pots from the wholesale greenhouse I buy them from have lovely white crud and moss growing on the sides.  I’d like to achieve the same… or even better results.

I love moss.

I went ahead and took my brush and paint out to my lion fountain and some of the shady spots of my patio pots.

Here’s hoping.

I’m spritzing everything with water constantly.

I have these Italian terra cotta pots that were my Great Grandmothers.  They are simply amazing.  Like something from the Pompeii excavation site.  Their moss has been there for years… after years outside on her Albuquerque patio.  

Have you ever grown moss?
Got any hints for us?
Stay mossy!
Parisienne Farmgirl


  1. Mandy

    I love moss too! the only place I’ve grown it is unintentionally in my driveway in wet winters…makes for a slippery walk 😉

  2. Pam

    Looking forward to seeing your results. I love that look and wondered if it would work. If it does, I may give it a go myself. I would love to hear more about your greenhouse, too. 😉

  3. Teri

    No moss growing here but I am growing two different types of lavendar to make sachets for Christmas gifts.

  4. Victoria Silva

    What a great post…I love moss myself…and it grows easily here in Houston where I live.

    Your pots are beautiful!!!

    Thank you

  5. Lisa Wagner

    Good luck with the lavender. I can NOT keep it alive.

    My oregano, on the other hand, is out of control and could supply every Italian restaurant in the southeastern US.

    Looking forward to watching the moss project!

  6. Christi

    I’m so interested to see if this works! And, greenhouse space? Details! xo

  7. Sue@CountryPleasures

    First off, would love to see the greenhouse! And I’ve wanted to make moss for some time ever since finding the recipes on Pinterest, I’ll be anxious to see how yours works!

  8. Dewena

    I just use buttermilk, pour over pots or concrete urns, cover with black plastic garbage bag, leave a couple of weeks outside in the shade beds and it starts it all growing. Anything I bring in the house needs redoing every year. But your way probably gets a mossier look. Still hoping you’ll get that “live” roof on the chicken house someday!


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