When I first saw these strange hanging coconut-like things from a distance in a garden in Columbia, South Carolina, I couldn’t figure out what they were. I was told these coconut shaped planters are made of South Carolina soil (lots of clay) and sphagnum moss. A clay ball is formed, then rolled in sphagnum moss, then several layers of clay and moss are applied. Spanish moss is rolled on the outside layer. This is a take on kokedama, or Japanese moss balls, only without the outer layer of green moss.
A hole is cut into the top and the plant is inserted. The sphagnum moss acts like a sponge and stores water throughout the layers of the planter, keeping the plant moist for a long time.
The last layer of clay and moss on the middle planter was rolled in grass seed. You can see how it has sprouted a head of grass hair.
Not the most practical means to grow kale, but it keeps the bunnies and deer away.
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