10 Ways to Create an Aged Cottage Garden
What is the great irony of cottage gardens? Unlike many things, the older they look, the better.
Encourage Moss Growth
In damp, shade niches, moss works wonders to put a grown-up face on a new garden. Here, mosses between pavers are filling in nicely, make the stones look as if they've been around forever. Over the years, moss will grow naturally where it is welcome -- namely, in damp places with poor soil.
You can encourage it to spead more quikly by making a moss shake: Combine 12 ounces beer or buttermilk, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and a few clumps of moss in a blender, and puree. Paint the mixture thickly on damp, shady surfaces such as rocks, bases of tree trunks, we terra-cotta pots, and other spots that would look better with a coat of green. Keep the area moist by misting it daily; in a few months moss will appear.
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