Organic Rose Gardening

Organic rose gardening has been a popular movement in the last few years. Many planters are going green and embracing earth friendly methods. Find out more about the best ways to go "green"!

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, its 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. Consider organic compost; its cheap and you can make it yourself.

Plant your roses in a place with optimum sunlight, or as recommended for the breed. 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. For aphid loving roses, consider nasturtiums.

You can use baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) as a remedy for mildew. Potassium bicarbonate is also an option..its rumored to be more effective, but its tougher to find in stores.

Organic rose gardening can be a rewarding process but takes a little more planning. Keep these tips in mind when you decide to grow "green"!

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