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water diversion

September 15, 2012

This is yet another post about the trials and tribulations of moss cultivation. Yes, I am obsessed. Cultivating moss takes a lot of time and dedication as discussed previously here. You have to be serious about this shit. Now that I am back to work, I have less time to tend to it in the same way and make sure that it’s receiving all the moisture it needs. The moss maternity leave has ended, these babies are on their own now.

Our eavestroughs were in desperate need of replacement. I can climb a 6′ ladder, but anything higher than that my knees wobble and my knuckles turn white. This is a bit of a problem when your house is three stories high. I’m debating hypnotism – it would come in handy for a few of my other issues as well! I wonder if they have package deals?

Snap fingers. Aaaaand, we’re back.

We hired some professionals. They were amazing. If you are in the Toronto area and need any type of metal work [siding, eavestroughs] look up Canadian Cupola. They get major props from me. They installed new eaves on the entire house and resided the 3rd floor. With our brand new, commercial-size downspout I began to think that it might be a good idea to make a little dry river, or stream if you will, to direct the water toward the moss. Labour Day morning, with the coffee only half consumed we got to work. Taskmaster, what what!

commercial downspout

morning coffee in a handmade mug

This is the coffee…no, really. Only handmade mugs in this house!

the river channel

I started by digging a little trough for the stream bed.

making the river channel

Okay so I’m still in my pajamas. Please don’t judge.

tarp lining

In order for the water to actually make it down the stream to the moss I thought that it might be a good idea to line the stream with a tarp. Otherwise, I think that all of the water would have been absorbed in advance, thereby totally defeating the purpose.

cutting the tarp

tarp cutting

We just happened to have an extra tarp lying around so we trimmed it to fit and then we started to spread the rocks that we picked up on a recent trip up to Prince Edward County [hopefully they don’t miss them] When I say we spread the rocks, I mean I, because my gorgeous partner in crime was busy documenting the whole process which is why the photos are so much better than usual!

collected rocks

spreading the rocks

hipsta river

river bed

river to moss

complete river

We need to make another trip to get a few more rocks but it’s pretty much complete.
It’s a great plan [I think]. Now we are just hoping for rain.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2012 2:09 pm

    This is confusing because the impression at work is that moss grows under your feet. JK! Tech loves Shannon!!

  2. September 25, 2012 7:47 am

    Total moss envy…

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