Organic rose gardening has been a popular movement in the last few years. Many planters are going green and embracing earth friendly methods.
Going environmentally friendly on your gardens is simple in theory. You just need to use natural fertilizers and food, and abstain from any pesticides and herbicides. Sounds easy enough!
The first thing to consider if you are starting from scratch is growing the right roses. Since you won't be relying on chemicals, it's best to get roses that are hardy and fairly maintenance free. Remember, you won't be able to grab some food spikes when the soil is malnourished or a spray when the bugs attack. Hybrid tea roses are a good choice and they have some well-bred traits that can allow them to thrive without a lot of outside care.
The next thing to consider is the soil. It should be at a proper ph of between 6 and 6.5, meaning its a little acidic. You should also check the soil to see that it has the proper nutrients. Again, this is important since you won't be able to use chemical "enhancers" on the soil once your babies are in place.
Plant your roses in a place with optimum sunlight, and be sure to give your plants plenty of water.
Once your roses are in place, you should consider some other plants as providing "cover". Even spices like rosemary can attract good bugs, that attack pests. To deter aphids, consider nasturtiums.
You can use baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) as a remedy for mildew. My favorite spray for this is a simple mix of one part milk, 9 parts water. Spray this onto the leaves to combat mildew.
Organic rose gardening can be a rewarding process but takes a little more planning.
While you can check labels of the compost and fertilizers at your local garden center, it is far more satisfying to make your own. Not to mention considerably cheaper, and a great way to recyle waste.
Check out our page on how to make great organic compost for your garden.
You should check your vendor to see that they have been certified. Here are some of the more important ones:
In addition, you may also want to check for rainforest certifications, fair labor practice certifications, and other regional worker review standards, such as FloVerde, for Columbian workers and FlorEcuador for the Ecudorian trade.
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