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Taking chances is something gardening is all about. It is what makes it an adventure. Even if you never try a new technique or plant, you are taking a chance. Gardening is not for the faint of heart. Whenever you plant a flower, spread seeds, add a tree to your yard … you take a chance on the weather cooperating, the soil providing nutrients, deer not eating your plants … well, you get the idea.
During the 2014 spring season, I decided to take a chance on a new gardening product, Roll Out Flowers. This particular product may not have been new to everyone else, but it was something I had not tried before. I had heard of making plantable paper with seeds, of using damp paper towels to help spread small seeds evenly in areas, but never had I purchased such a product. However, the kids were excited to try this and see the results.
The concept was simple, roll out the product and water. In a given amount of times, flowers were supposed to appear.
As we lived in a place with almost constant breezes or gusts of wind, I added a bit of mulch to the top, helping hold it in place. Later, more was added as the sun would quickly dry out the material otherwise.
I was tempted to bury it under a thin layer of mulch, but wanted to follow the directions as stated.
The kids were so excited to see what would happen, checking every day to see if there were any new seeds. Unfortunately, this method did not work for use. Whether it was due to old seeds (I bought it during the off season) or the sun drying it out too much, nothing sprouted from this material. Eventually it was removed from the flower bed and replaced with other traditional seeds.
I have tried the same method with other products, and other flower types, with some success.
Have you tried this product or similar? What results did you end up getting?