I've started up a pot of Basil sprouts indoors under a lamp, and it seems like some moss is beginning to grow around them. Is there anything wrong with having moss in the same pot? Any problems with competition, or weird flavorings?
Moss on an indoor pot is a sign that the mix surface is constantly damp, and that isn't good. Use a fork or toothpick or something, and stir up the top layer to get rid of it. Always allow the top 1/2" or so to dry between waterings.
Competition shouldn't be a problem except for very small seedlings, and the flavor should be fine.
The moss you are talking about is bad any way you look at it:
- It must stay wet to grow, so it will harbor fungi.
- It will take nutrients away from the plant you are trying to grow.
- Some bugs use it for a place to lay eggs.
To get rid of it, lightly pinch it out and replace with dry fresh dirt. Do not stir it back in the dirt, because when the conditions get right again it will just start to grow again.