This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The use of moss impregnated with bone dust, or other fertilizing material, for plant growing, which was introduced to our readers a couple of years ago by Mr. Peter Henderson, has proved a great success. Efforts are being made in some quarters to turn the idea into a sort of patent nostrum affair, and "fertilizing moss" is being sold in Europe as something very wonderful. Not only are the "bulls" at work in its interest, but a "bear" movement against plants in rooms, grown in earth, also in the interest of " fertilizing moss" is also apparent. We may actually catch malarial fever from sleeping in a room with a flower pot full of earth in which a plant is growing. And, wonderful to think of, all this terrible suffering can be avoided if you will only buy, for a few dollars, a few cents' worth of "fertilizing moss!" How natural it all,sounds to the regular reader of "medical" advertisements.
The Revue Horticole for July 16th, says that those who have had any doubt about the success of growing plants in moss, were surprised at a recent exposition by the collection of M. Chate, of Paris. It goes so far as to say that it doubts whether the best earth culture could produce plants like them.