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Antiquing with moss

How do you get moss to grow on rocks? Someone told me that you could put moss and beer and other ingredients in a blender and pour it on the rocks and it would grow.


Yes, it is said that if you mix a few handfuls of moss with beer and sugar in a blender, and then brush this onto rocks or bricks, it will encourage algal growth.

On a recent garden show, they also suggested brushing a mixture of horse manure, yoghurt and water onto a statue (or anything for that matter) to give it an antique appearance.

UnitecAdvice by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor of Resource Management.

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