Organic Rose Gardening

Eating organic has been popular for many years because people know that the organic natural stuff is healthier for our bodies.  Well for the sake of their roses organic rose gardening is also popular with rose fans.

If you think about it roses have been grown for thousands of years with no problem even though there were no man made chemicals around to be put in the soil or sprayed on anything.  So chemicals are not a necessity to have a gorgeous rose garden.  In fact with an organic rose garden you can increase the longevity of your roses plus keep chemicals away from your pets, children and yourself.

The earth and all life has existed in a state of balance for millions of years with no problem.  In fact there is a balance in nature that is always maintained by Mother Nature herself.  It is only when man get the idea he can do things better then Mother Nature that things start getting out of whack.

The soil contains good bacteria, fungus, nematodes*, worms and other organisms which take dead material and converts it into organic nutrients which the plants can then use.  The plants can now absorb these nutrients along with some water from their roots.  The leaves of the plant absorb sunlight and uses water to make fuel for the plant in a process you know of a photosynthesis*.

Using chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides destroy natural soil organisms and disrupt the natural balance of the roses and the soil.  Without helpful bacteria to protect rose plant roots, harmful fungi can move in and harm the plant.  Plus, just like with human beings taking drugs for some problem it is possible to get your roses addicted to chemical fertilizers.  The more you use chemicals to “liven up” your roses, the more the roses will become dependent on chemicals.

Growing roses organically is inexpensive since you are leaving out the purchase of chemical fertilizers and pest control.  If your soil needs some help you are can still feed the soil and care for your roses without these things.  For a new garden the best way to do that is to work compost* into the soil.  For an existing garden use compost as a top dressing or mulch*.

Anyone can start a compost pile in their yard by adding decaying plant clippings, animal waste, grass clippings, dried leaves, and even kitchen scraps like fruit peels or fish heads or coffee grounds to a pile and allowing it to decompose over time.  There are several different easy ways to create a compost pile in a container or in a pile but you should stir the pile to ensure that all of the compost is decaying properly.

Organic gardening also means staying away from most types of pest control.  Pesticides may not only kill the insects that are doing damage to your plants, they also kill the insects that help you plants by eating damaging insects.  Lady bugs and some wasps are considered beneficial for preying on insect pests.  Birds will eat grubs*.  Frogs, lizards, and snakes help to prevent pest problems.

But, that does not mean that you are completely helpless against pests. If a pesticide is truly needed, rose plant owners can purchase organic or natural pesticides that are very effective and are less toxic.  Plus, they can target a specific problem by killing that type of pest insect and not much else.

The goal in planting roses is to grow the largest flowers, the most fragrant, and over all the most beautiful roses around.  This task can be accomplished organically and with less expense.  In fact the money this article just saved you can be put back into your rose garden in more beneficial ways such as purchasing a book on the subject of roses which you can download right this minute by clicking on this link right here:  http://www.gracefulroses.com/tips/index.html

*nematode – a tiny worm sometimes microscopic.

*Photosynthesis – carbohydrate production using light and chlorophyll: a process by which green plants and other organisms produce simple carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and hydrogen, using energy that chlorophyll or other organic cellular pigments absorb from radiant sources
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*Compost – decayed plant matter: a mixture of decayed plants and other organic matter used by gardeners for enriching soil

*Mulch – soil covering: a protective covering of organic material laid over the soil around plants to prevent erosion, retain moisture, and sometimes enrich the soil

*Grubs – insects larva especially beetles.


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