The “garden gals” showed up at Sue G’s house and embarked on a new adventure,  she introduced us to Kokedama or Japanese moss balls.  Providing all the ingredients necessary to make these, we got busy making moss balls to hang in our homes.  Check out the photos,  it was really a lot of fun, not difficult at all and now, I have 2 new house plants to enjoy!

First, we g0t the oppotunity work in Sue G's awesome greenhouse- built from windows from Habitat for Humanity's retail store, "Restore".  Isn't it just beautiful?

We picked out the plant we wanted to work with and washed a lot of the soil off the roots and then added Sue's special blend of soil that was well water-drenched to make a large ball.  Once we packed the plant in a large enough ball, we wrapped it all in wet moss.  You will see the moss in sitting in water in a boot mat in one of the photos.

This is a boot tray, but we used it to lay out the moss and covered it with water.

You can see the green side is on the bottom so we could wrap it around our clay plant ball.  Once it is covered in moss, then you randomly wrap string around the ball.  We wrapped it over and over, using several yards of cotton string to secure the moss to the plant ball.

First, notice Sue D's new 'do- isn't awesome?? Here she is wrapping string around the moss ball.

After we tied off the string on the ball, if we wanted to hang the plant, we added "hangers" by using more string.  See- so easy and attractive.  Whenever the ball dries out, we can place it in a bowl of water for a short period of time and it is ready to go for another week or so.  Kokedama is also called "poor man's bonsai", so I will assume by wrapping the plant up like this we are limiting it's growth, but still keeping the plant alive.

Thank you Sue for hosting us and teaching us a new skill, it really was fun!

Here are a few more photos of the day we spent out at her home. Notice the raised beds!

Plants before we kokedama'd them.
Pressing the soil unto the roots of the plants.
Working on the root ball.

The view out of the greenhouse window.
Sue's raised beds- lots of veggies here!
Swallows nesting on the patio. The good news- they eat mosquitos!  Check out the horse hair in the nest.
The final product- they call it Kokedama! I'm happy with "beautiful".

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Published by Vicki

I love gardening and when it comes to vegetables, organic gardening is important to me. I am an Advanced Master Gardener with the University of Idaho, and my favorite garden activity is pruning. When I'm not cutting down plants, you can find me shooting photos on my Canon DSLR or out smashing overheads on the tennis courts.

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