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If you weren’t born with “green fingers” but envy luscious flower gardens and containers that are ripe with tomatoes and herbs, do not despair. A roll-out flower mat may be your answer to making your garden magazine worthy. The beauty of roll-out flowers and rockets is in their simplicity. Just prepare the bed, lay out the material, water and wait – no more digging, fertilizing and mulching.

As long as you tend to the flower mat with ample water and the mat has the sun it needs, your garden will bloom. Whether your garden gets all-day sun, partial sun or shade, there’s a roll-out flower mat available to fit your needs.

Flower Mat Choices

Before heading to the local garden center or shopping online, determine what you want to grow, the amount of sun your patch gets and how large you want your garden to be. Don’t be shy about mixing and matching butterfly plants with wildflowers and lavender. All are available in either annual or perennial versions. Most come with a premixed selection of flowering seeds that provide a colorful and congenial mix.

If your plot is an irregular size, you can simply cut the flower mat to fit it. They are available in 2 x 4-feet rolls that are up to 10 feet in length. The mat can also be purchased or cut to fit a circular container, or you may wish to plant a flower rocket – a circular wad of material infused with seeds that explodes with vegetation once placed on top of the soil.

Gardening Made Simple

A flower mat is made of fiber or even paper woven with seeds infused within the layers. The mats are water retentive, and some even have moisture-retaining granules and fertilizer included in the mix. The mats serve as a weed barrier and are fully biodegradable, according to Garden Innovations. All have like-minded mixes of seeds that grow under the same conditions. Many do not bloom all at once, giving your garden a continuous season of colors and shapes.

Flower rockets and seed tapes also work in a similar fashion. The seeds are embedded into the fiber, and then it is rolled for easy handling and planting. Most are 2 to 3 inches high. Rockets need plenty of water, and the container should be placed according to the sunshine needs of the plant or flowers. When you plant the rocket, unfurl the bundle slightly to allow water to penetrate all the layers.

Preparing Your Flower Bed

Before using your flower mat or flower rocket, be sure the last frost is past and that the soil is warming. Preparation isn’t as intense as if you’re planting seeds, but the bed should be aerated and weeds and stones removed, suggests LoveToKnow. Water the bed and roll out the mat, patting it down so the bottom of the mat is against the soil. Leave several inches between the edge of the mat and the walkway.

Flower and vegetable rockets are even easier to plant, especially when you are container gardening. Follow the flower rocket instructions and fill the container 3/4 full with a good potting soil that meets the requirements of the rocket, dig a hole in the center of the soil and drop the coil into it. Add soil to the top and water well. Place the container in a sunny spot, water twice daily and continue watering until germination takes place. Cut back the water to a daily soak.

Watching and Waiting for Blooms

A tomato rocket is especially rewarding as you watch the small tomato flowers bud and then turn into ripe, red orbs. If necessary, stake or cage the growing vine to stabilize it and allow the tomatoes to ripen on the vine instead of drooping onto the soil. Other vegetables should be watched as well to prevent insect invasions. Be sure the mat and rocket are well-watered initially and given the appropriate sun conditions.

The flower mat, rocket or tape germinates within 10 to 25 days, with flowers appearing after six to seven weeks. Roll-out flowers are created so that not all flowers bloom at the same time, but once the season is in full swing, your flowers will be plentiful, the vegetables and herbs will be ready to be harvested and if you’ve chosen a hummingbird or butterfly garden, you’ll see nature attracted to your garden.

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