Finally, finally, I’m out digging in the dirt—along with 95 percent of Twin City gardeners, to judge from weekend crowds at local garden centers. All of us in manic gardening mode. As always, I resolved to stifle the impulse to buy and try lots of new annuals and perennials. But I still ran all over town in search of the just right colors, varieties, pots, and other garden stuff.
All of this was complicated by an article I read about the wondrous qualities and versatility of moss. Ever since, my husband and I have been pilfering moss from our shady woods (and from the neighbors—I admit it) and transplanting it to our flagstone-paver path. Not content to leave it at that, I’ve been after herbs to intersperse artfully with the velvety green moss. My mission: Find the perfect “walkable” herbs. Pickings were slim at Minneapolis Farmers’ Market, but then I stopped at Tonkadale —bingo. A wall of “stepables,” from sun to shade, at $3.99 a pot. They add the perfect dog-proof (so far) touch.