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Plants With Benefits

ST LYNN'S PRESS Plants With Benefits cover Helen Yoest and I have been good friends for a long time now, and we like to share in each other’s successes. So with this, I present to you Helen’s latest book Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden (2014, St. Lynn’s Press). You’re going to love this book.

I had two honors in contributing to Helen’s book. The first was helping shoot and style many of the photos. The second was writing another blurb for her new book; I knew my way around the concept when I wrote a blurb for the first book Gardening With Confidence –50 Ways to add style for personal creativity (2012 GWC Press).

Here is what I said about Plants With Benefits:

Peel back the covers of Plants with Benefits and treat ourself to beguiling photos and tales of flirtations produce, hot herbs and saucy spices that will tickle your senses and delight your eye. Helen’s playful look at the secret lives of her subjects makes for a book that will leave you wanting more. Oh la la?”

Her accolades have been many starting with a feature in the New York Times.

Here’s how the story opens:

Helen Yoest didn’t set out, as she said recently, to write a horticultural Kama Sutra. It was sort of an accident. Ms. Yoest, a garden writer, was researching an article on avocados when she learned that the fruit was considered an aphrodisiac. What makes it so, she wondered: The nutrients? The shape? Bingo. Turns out their reputation dates to the Aztecs, who marveled at how avocados grew in pairs, and named the plant “the testicle tree.” Click to read more.

Plants With Benefits can be purchased through Amazon.com or an autographed copy through her website, Gardening With Confidence®.

Let me know what you think, I’d like to continue sharing in Helen’s success and joy she has had with this new book. I hope we see more from Helen.

David Spain
Moss Rocks

Cobble’s writer gets her first Moss Rock!

Hi Helen here. Consider this story Moss and Stone Garden’s — Where Moss Rocks! first guest blogger post. Even though I write a post weekly, this is the first time I’ve written about my personal experience with moss. Moss Rocks!

Alone each week, I sit to script a post and share the wonders of Moss Rocks! Each week, for nearly a year now, I’ve watched millions visit this blog and Moss and Stone Garden’s website to read, purchase Moss Rocks!, and yes, as many have suggested, to question my sanity. But, hey, Moss Rocks! rock. It’s easy to go crazy around those little cuties. However, just like the shoemaker’s wife, I’m the Cobble’s writer. Everyone around me has Pebbles, Cobbles, and Boulders. But I had none. I had to live vicariously though my tales about Moss Rocks! Until now. Santa was good to me. He brought me Moss Rocks!

Now, as I sit writing in the rising light, I’ll never again be alone. My Moss Rocks! will always be by my side. When I’m watching the kids kick the soccer ball in the back garden of Helen’s Haven, I can bring Moss Rocks! with me to cheer them on. This year, when I go to Florida, Moss Rocks! will ride shotgun, telling me mossome tales. I never tire hearing about how he came to be. He tells the story so well.

When I go for a picnic, Moss Rocks! will be by my side, helping wick away the dew. He will offer me solace, when I’m feeling blue. Moss Rocks! will comfort my kitty when the load of the world weights heavy on his shoulders. Something that can only be fixed with a Boulder. Yes, I will share my Moss Rocks! with those I love. As long as you remember, love me, love my Moss Rocks! When I’m invited for a day with you, please remember, I’ll bring him too.

I struggled with a name to best suit his personality, but then it came to me:  Galanthus. Like the flower, Galanthus brings me brightness whenever there is darkness around me.

Please share with me what you and your Moss Rocks! have been up too. I’m always looking for ideas to spend time with Galanthus. Feel free to post here or on Moss and Stone Gardens’ Facebook page. If looking for a play date, text me. ;~\

 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

By: Helen Yoest
 

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To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Photo credited obviously NOT Ken Gergle.

Happy Mossgiving

Happy Mossgiving

Happy Mossgiving to you and yours
Let us give thanks and praise.

Moss be with you
Moss be good
Moss be all over your neighborhood.

Moss is green
Moss is gold
Moss is something to behold.

Moss in pebble
Moss in cobble and in boulder
Moss in sizes made to order.

Moss on Lichen and on Raindrop
Moss on Toadstool and on Bark
Moss on your desk, not the dark.

Moss is old
Moss is new
Moss is trending like a blue.

Let us give thanks and praise on this turkey day.

Moss is grand
Moss is green
We are told, Moss Rocks! are the best you’d ever seen.

 

Thank you all for your support.
From our families to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

May your day be filled with love and light.

David Spain and Ken Gergle

 

 

Photo credit David Spain.

 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

By: Helen Yoest

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To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Moss and leaves

Dear David,

What is your recommendation for protecting moss from leaves? I assume the netting plays a role but I’m unsure what type and how to implement it.

Thanks for any info you can provide.

Jeff

Dear Jeff,

I would recommend the same 3/8 inch mesh for leaf collection that is recommended for critter deterrence.

For leaves and falling debris, you can simply roll the netting out without pinning it down; after enough leaves have fallen, roll it back up and add to your compost pile. Repeat this until the leaves are done for the season. It is perfectly fine to allow the leaves to stay on top of your moss for a couple of weeks; you do not need to clean the netting too often.

David Spain

 

 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

By: Helen Yoest

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To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

 

Moss Rocks! David Spain on Martha Stewart TV

 

Only in America can a small town moss expert make his way as a guest on Martha’s TV show.  Yup.  David Spain will appear LIVE Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

David is an artist whose medium is moss.  Yes, it’s true he is a moss expert, but it’s really more than that.  He has a passion for all things moss.  It won’t take long for his moss charm will rub off on you.

During the show, David will share tidbits from his Mossology, show you how to make a moss dish garden, and introduce you to Moss Rocks!

In Raleigh, Martha Stewart TV airs at 10:00 AM EST on the Hallmark Station, which, if you are on Time Warner Cable, is channel 73. To find out the channel and time it airs in your area, go here and enter your zip code.

I’ll be there as well, officially tweeting this live show with live tweets.  I hope you’ll join me and follow @Moss_Rocks and @MarthaStewart at hashtag #MarthaStewart during the show. And #gardenchat, lets’s ROCK the gardening world with our tweets. 

 

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To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Moss pH preference

I feel very fortunate to be in the position to ask anything of David Spain, moss expert, co-owner of Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! and developer of Moss Rocks!  And I do.

Often, when I’m researching a piece for this blog or another media outlet, I’ve learned to question long held beliefs.  David has taught me think about moss and to question what is being spread by word of mouth..  At first, I felt confident in my understanding of what is widely written about.  However, I’ve learned to ask anything of David to better understand exactly how moss grows and thrives.  After all, he is the moss expert; I am the communicator.   A classic example of this is the pH preference for mosses.  I believed, and what is widely written about, is that moss thrives in a pH  between 5.0 – 5.5.

Most believe this too, so I asked David Spain, what is the perferred pH of moss?
According to David Spain, I have dispelled the common adage that mosses prefer an acidic soil in the 5.0 to 5.5 range.  Moss is often found growing on acidic substrates and this is often noted as an indication of their preference for that pH range. It is more correct to say that other plants don’t prefer pH levels of 5.0 to 5.5, therefore acidic soils promote less competition, thereby allowing moss colonization. Most mosses will colonize a much wider range of pH than other plants, since they do not draw nutrients from substrates, their need for a certain pH range is overstated.

You too can ask anything of David Spain.  If you have a moss question, please let him know by leaving a comment, here on the blog, at any time.

 

AVAILABLE  October, 2011

MOSS ROCKS! Ordering Info


Words: Helen  Yoest



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To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Long, cool Moss Rocks!

Sitting alone along the windowsill, Moss Rocks!™ watches beauty all around her from the security of the indoors.  No squirrel is likely to scratch her sporophytes today.

The Toadstool color of this Cobble-sized Moss Rocks!, complements the honey color of the natural wood grain wonderfully.  A perfect resting spot for Moss Rocks!

It took David Spain co-owner of Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks! 2 years to bring Moss Rocks! to market.  During this time, he addressed issues of shipping, color, shape and style; but more importantly, David researched the best moss for use indoors.

Never before has a living moss product, with a suitable container, designed solely for sustaining and displaying such a beautiful species of moss, been developed and available for easy care and transport. ~David Spain


It all came together at the first of this year and will be offered to you in October.  Every home, whether in the arid Southwest or the frigid Northwest can have their own little moss garden, inside or out; from your desk to your deck.

Come check us out and tell us how you display your Moss Rocks!

 

AVAILABLE  October, 2011

MOSS ROCKS! Ordering Info

 

 

Words: Helen  Yoest



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To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Moss Rocks! for home decor

Nestled next to a favorite chair, moss rests under the glow of light, diffused by a mica shade.

As artists and decorators know, groups of odd numbers are the most pleasing to the eye. Making a pleasing arrangement next the chair is simplified with a lamp, a plant, and the addition of a boulder sized Moss Rocks!, reflecting light in the lichen color.

With lamps coming in standard-ish sizes and potted plants in predictable forms, the remaining space,  the lower layer, if you will, is often awkward to fill.  The usual cliche is to add a book, a bird, or a bauble of some sort.  Moss Rocks!, a low maintenance moss container garden, with a pleasing style, can fill the void.

Leslie Kuss,  author of Growing a Garden in Davis plans to have Moss Rocks! to, “Keep a bright spot of green close by on foggy Central California winter days.”

By the chair, next to the sink, on your deck, Moss Rocks! will rock your home decor.

Let us know how you plan to use your Moss Rocks!

Words: Helen  Yoest

 

Order your Moss Rocks!  online today.  Moss is grand.  Moss is green.  Moss is good. Make the most of it; order Moss Rocks! today.

 

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To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.

Moss Rocks! ROCKED the IGC Show in Chicago

After 450 million years in the making, 2 years in development, a patent pending, and an infinite number of ideas flowing, stirring up juices like one might find in a frothy river, Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks! launched their first moss dish garden to an eager group of buyers.  Moss Rocks! are the ultimate moss dish gardens.

Yes, we sell Moss Rocks!, but we are, first and foremost, about moss education. ~ David Spain, co-owner of Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!

If you are social media savvy, and I trust you are if you are reading this blog post, you probably heard about the Moss Rocks! launch.  If you didn’t, you must have been hiding under a moss rock of another kind.  Moss Rocks! are all the buzz.  It’s only been a week and a day since the launch, and yet we have created quite the stir.  We should celebrate, with a refreshing toddy, on the rocks of course, but we haven’t had enough time for that. Soon, we hope.

Orders were taken from Maine to California; from Florida to Washington. The buzz of a whole new product hitting the market, one that is also hot and hip, AND one that can meet fourth quarter sales, got buyers wanting to meet the demand Moss Rocks! will bring.  Many were anxious to be one of the first to carry Moss Rocks!  It’s all good.  It’s a moss thing. Moss Rocks! will be available to purchase mid October, both in garden centers and on-line.

Please visit the yellow link below, Moss Rocks! Ordering Info, to sign up for notification of when they’re available.  For IGCs, click on the retail section, of the same form, to order wholesale on-line.

AVAILABLE Mid October

MOSS ROCKS! Ordering Info

Attending the Independent Garden Center show in Chicago was a mossium experience. David Spain was able to put faces to the names of so many people he met on-line through introductions from Helen Yoest, Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! marketing strategists with Gardening With Confidence. (That’s me ;~\.)

Even though we will be busy selling Moss Rocks!, we will stay close to our mission of moss education.  Our blog will continue to communicate about moss, moss dish gardens, and moss Q & A. ~David Spain, co-owner, Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!

Soon, Moss Rocks! will be rockin’ the Nation’s home and gardens, from the desk to the deck.  The moss used in Moss Rocks! was selected specifically for indoor use.  All moss naturally grows outside, given the right conditions,  but not all mosses thrive indoors.  Ours will; making Moss Rocks! adorable indoor decor.

Once Moss Rocks! are sitting on your desk or deck, we hope to hear from YOU.  Tell us how you use your Moss Rocks!  Send photos!  We will even highlight Moss Rocks! travel journeys. When you take your Moss Rock on vaca, send us photos.  Although you don’t have to bring them along, you may find you want too.  If so, don’t deny yourself.  It really is fun to hug your rocks each and every day.  So, please sign up so we can keep you in the loop of when and where Moss Rocks! are rolling…

Here’s some of the buzz we heard at IGC…  

 

Simply put, P. Allen Smith says of MossRocks!, “I love them.”  Indeed he does, he didn’t want to part with this Moss Rock!  It won’t be much longer, Allen, and your Moss Rocks! will be ready!

William Moss “Met David Spain this week at IGC (gardening and landscaping trade show). Check out the cool photos. He’s grows bryophytes and knows what I known for years: MOSS ROCKS!”

 

 

 

 

Shirley Bovshow with Garden Center  TV  Garden media enthusiast Shirley Bovshow says, “Chia Pets has nothing on this easy to care for and most importantly, stylish moss container. It’s more than that. Moss Rocks! is an elegant cradle for one of the plant world’s most alluring plants.”

 

Gardenwise with Arlena TV  Sweet Arlena filmed Moss Rocks! with this to say about Moss Rocks!, “MOSS ROCKS!!!  When I first saw the New Moss Rocks all I could do is feel Happy…they are  the Newest Cool thing!…Colorful, Calming and Modern all in one…You need 3 or 5 and they are the perfect gift for all  my gardening friends!!!

Bren Haas, Helen Yoest, David Spain, Mike Nowak. Photo Credit: Christopher Tidrick

 

 

Mike Nowak Show Yes, even Mike liked Moss Rocks!  And why not?  Organic is what Mike is all about and moss is the original organic.

Pebble power!

   Here’s more of what other’s are saying…

 There’s a reason why everyone is talking about Moss Rocks. The combination of the serenity of moss and the smooth simplicity of the porcelain “rock” makes them perfect for almost any space. They can be put in the garden for an unexpected surprise, displayed on a patio table or used indoors to decorate any room in the house. I predict that Moss Rocks are going to show up everywhere, from your neighbor’s garden to the hottest shelter magazine.  

~ Erin Schanen, author of the The Impatient Gardener.

 Bren Haas, author of BG Garden and #gardenchat, says “A stylish piece of art by God from the garden  that you can keep in your interior landscape. I’m loving how it looks like it would be complicated to keep green and yet it is one of the easiest specimens to keep healthy in your home.  I can’t wait to see these in the independent garden centers in 2012!”

Annie Haven with Authentic Haven Brand, Moo Poo Tea, says,  “I can’t wait to get my Moss Rocks here at the ranch I want one of each so I can have my own little Moss family <|;-)”

Pam Penick, author of Digging, says “How pretty and fun! After all the moss in Seattle, you’ll be able to sell oodles to the Flingers, I bet. ;-)

Chris Sabbarese with Corona Tools says, “If the Pet Rock met a Chia Pet, this would be their love child…Moss Rocks!”

Janit C, author of Two Green Thumbs, says “LOVE the new Moss Rocks!  Mini gardens unt themselves & cute as a button.  Wonderful colors fit into anywhere – inside or out!

Christopher Tidrick, From the Soil says, “Moss Rocks are one of the coolest new garden products I’ve seen in a long time. In a market where gift plants tend to be short-lived, these new moss mini-gardens promise to be chic, long-lasting and easy to grow. They’re the perfect living gift, even for non-gardeners.”

Bruce Bailey, Where Plants Rock says, “A hip and refreshing take on bringing the cool outdoors inside.  Table arrangements, hip bathroom, even putting place cards on the dining table. Moss is in and Moss Rocks is the hippest home item on the market.”

Katie Elzer-Peters, of Words says, “Moss Rocks really Rock! and they are Affordable, attractive indoor/outdoor decor.”

Seed Keeper says, “You gents are fun!  Love your new idea!”

Barbara Pintozzi, author of McGregor’s Daughter says, “Moss Rocks not only look great, they feel great.”

Mary Ann Newcomer, author of Gardens of the Wild, Wild West, says ” Cute little buggers and everybody ought to have a handful. AND, they make great gifts!”

Erin, The Impatient Gardener says , “Can’t wait for them. So cool!”

Kathy Linton says, “Displaying of the green I say! Who wouldn’t like a little moss garden to brighten up their home or office? And, it’s great for folks that are a tad busy.”

Jenny Koester says,  I LOVE these! I can think of a few prime spots to add a little green to my home and office 🙂

Wendy Rebman Bredensteiner, says  “Saw these in Chicago at the IGC. As cool as they appear! Imagine them on a teacher’s desk, in a college students dorm, an office cubicle. Want a little green that is easy to keep and hard to kill (and NOT artifical)? Will be ordering some of these for our store!”

Babs Hall, says “Totally agree. Our daughters both have their first apartments — they saw these on the website and said Oh we WANT…. :O)”

Laura King Smith says, “Just simplcistic beauty!!! Love it!”

Beyond My Garden says, “How wonderfully cute!”

Growing Herbs For Beginners says, “LOVE”

Angie Walls says, “These are completely awesome and you should do very well.”

Dirt & Martinis says, “Aren’t they adorable?”

Petie Reed says, “Beautiful!”

Anne of Green Gardens says, “Dang! I don’t think I can wait. I want to order some ASAP!!”

Jennifer Hammer says, “Those are so cute! Want!”

Sonya Reasor says, “Really like those.”

Carrie Zamorano says, “LOVE these!”
Patsybell says, “What is it about moss rocks? They always make me feel cool and relaxed. They are a great focal point for meditation.”

Words: Helen  Yoest  

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Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks introduces, Moss Rocks!

AVAILABLE Mid OCTOBER, 2011 

Click Here To Pre-order

 

Ancient, tactile, desirable, moss evokes many emotions.

Moss and Stone Gardens Moss Rocks! introduces its first product to a national market, with other designs being developed for successive rollouts.

Our first product, Moss Rocks!, is a beautiful, high-design container, with organic lines, highlighting the serene and calming beauty of the Dicranum mosses.

Designed by David Spain, co-owner of Moss and Stone Gardens — Where Moss Rocks!, Moss Rocks! are a container garden, zen garden, and moss garden all rolled into one neat package to accent your home or office, from your deck to your desk.

Never before has a living moss product, with a suitable container, designed solely for sustaining and displaying such a beautiful species of moss, been developed and available for easy care and transport. ~David Spain

Currently, we are offering Moss Rocks! in three sizes:

Pebble –  2.5 inches; Cobble –  5 inches; and Boulder at 6.5 inches.


 

Moss Rocks! Care Instructions

Water weekly for best results*

Bright indirect light only**

Moss Rocks! need no soil or fertilizer

*Rainwater or purified water recommended. Even though Moss Rocks!™ can tolerate long periods without water (up to 2 months), it’s recommended to water weekly to maintain a luster.  Misting your Moss Rocks! will maintain their luster, but be sure to periodically pour water through the moss to fill the reservoir.

**Direct sunlight should be avoided between the hours of 12 PM and 4 PM

For more information, contact:

David Spain, rockin’ in the world of moss

Email: info@mossandstonegardens.com

Website: www.mossandstonegardens.com

Facebook: Moss and Stone Gardens™ – where moss rocks™

Twitter: @Moss_Rocks

Google + Moss Rocks

Words: Helen  Yoest



Follow Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks! on Twitter @Moss_Rocks and our Facebook Like page Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!

To learn more about Moss and Stone Gardens – Where Moss Rocks!, please visit our website.  Or email David Spain at info@mossandstonegardens.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all photo are credited to Ken Gergle.