More people are inclined towards organic rose gardening these days because they have begon to see its advantages over the use of chemicals and pesticides in farming. Roses symbolize love and affection, and this passionate gesture seems to be extending towards fellow human beings and current world issues like saving the environment.
It all starts with the intent to go organic in your practice of caring for roses. Get into the dirt of all matters which is the soil itself. Learn to recognize the different types of soil like sand, clay, limestone, and gravel, and combine them in the right proportions to create more fertile soil.
Organic rose gardening first starts out as a hobby, until the awareness of the needs to protect the environment makes caring for roses a healthier, more sustainable one. It has the advantage of returning us to the basics, to the natural way of growing roses.
You research the varieties of roses you would like to grow and the seasons they grow in. You then find out more on what their specific needs are when it comes to water, sunlight, temperature, soil content, and ph. You choose a site based on what you have already gathered.
The idea of organic rose gardening gets you to apply your creativity by imagining some roses by your kitchen door, along the walkway, near the patio. This means knowing which varieties of roses should be directly under the sunlight, and which ones should stay under the shade.
To avoid having to use artificial fertilizers, you learn to make you own compost from household leftovers like egg shells, fruit and vegetable peelings, dried leaves, and grass. You crush and shovel them, and then add this compost to all your flower beds before you plant your roses. Nothing could be more fertilizer than biodegradable materials as an offshoot of organic rose gardening. The root systems of roses in your flowers beds absorb these wholesome nutrients and use them for manufacturing food and energy. You also use all-natural organic fertilizers like pine straw mulch for your roses, and you can try 100% wood shavings or chips which are known to be non-toxic to plants.
You do not allow disease to infect your roses. Your preventive measures start off by pruning each rosebush to open up its center, and allow more air and light to enter. You trim off any extra foliage to give space for new leaves and flowers to emerge later on. Once you get into organic rose gardening, commercial herbicides and pesticides are no longer an option.
Organic gardening has the added advantage of attracting helpful living organisms like bees and butterflies which pollinate flowers and help reproduce and propagate a variety of roses. They are natural enemies of aphids which infest roses.
Roses deserve better, less harsh treatment from artificial fertilizers and pesticides which could only harm our environment. Just as we try to be gentle towards roses in the care our hands, we should also be mild with the nutrients and treatments we feed these flowers. Some chemicals cause roses to flower bigger and better, but the greater challenge in organic rose gardening is to accomplish all these through our skills as a world-class, health-conscious gardener and less through questionable, artificial means.