Organic Rose Gardening
In recent times, organic rose gardening has become the in thing between enthusiasts, and why not considering that man has been growing roses for thousands of years without the help of any chemicals. The truth is; you can have a magnificent rose garden without having to depend on any chemicals whatsoever. In fact, apart from being safer for your children and pets, an organic garden will also help to increase the longevity of your roses.
Let’s face it; the earth has been here for millions and millions of years, together with the plants and wildlife and so far they’ve managed just fine without human help. Of course, once us humans start believing that we are able to do a better job than nature itself, that’s essentially when things start going wrong. Under normal conditions plants will absorb the necessary nutrients and water through their roots, while the leaves undergo a process known as photosynthesis in order to convert sunlight and water into energy. All soil contains an abundance of organisms which help to break down dead materials and this in turn enriches the soil. When we go ahead and add chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, we simply course havoc with the natural chain of events within the soil. When all the helpful bacteria are killed off, harmful bacteria and fungi are then able to harm the plants. Furthermore, as strange as it may sound, plants can in fact become addicted to certain chemical fertilizers which mean that the more you give them, the more they’ll require.
Contrary to what you may have heard, growing your roses organically is easy and also inexpensive. Even though you will no longer be purchasing chemical fertilizers and pesticides, you’ll still be able to provide the soil with suitable food for your roses, and the best way to do that is by working compost into the soil of a new garden. Alternatively, for existing gardens you can simply add compost as a top dressing or as mulch. Remember, any gardener can have a compost pile by using all your old plant clippings, grass clippings, kitchens scraps, and even animal waste. In fact, there are now a number of different ways for you to start your own compost pile, whether you choose to use a dedicated container or whether you prefer a simple pile. Either way however, you will need to stir the pile from time to time in order to ensure that it is decomposing as it should be.
Apart from being able to steer clear of chemical fertilizers, organic gardening also means you’ll no longer require as many types of pest control as you may have done in the past. Of course this certainly doesn’t mean that you need to be in a helpless position with regards to pests because nature has already provided us with numerous forms of press control. These include certain insects which eat other insects, and birds which eat grubs. Snakes, lizards, and frogs all play a vital role in helping to prevent pest problems but if you feel that you really need a pesticide, then you can go ahead and purchase a natural pesticide. Not only are the natural organic pesticides highly effective, but they are also considerably less toxic than the chemical ones.
As most rose gardeners will agree with, the main goal is to grow large blooms which are wonderfully scented, and also to grow the most spectacular looking roses. You can be rest assured that this is well within your reach should you choose to grow your roses organically rather than with the use of chemicals.