Organic rose gardening is about balance, and non chemical solutions to maintaining a healthy garden. Many chemical fertilizers which are commonly used can harm the soil, as well as being bad for any children or pets playing in the garden. Also, while fungicides kill the fungi that cause many common plant diseases, they can also kill the helpful fungi that work with the root systems of plants to help them obtain nutrients. This is why organic rose gardening is becoming more popular, as people seek to bring gardening into balance with the earth and the soil.
There are message boards devoted to organic gardening, and many of the message boards have organic gardening tips for beginners such as:
- The most important thing to do is to choose a disease resistant, virus free plant.
- When planting, add organic materials and some natural minerals, depending on the soil of the area you live in. The best fertilizer is made up of manure and compost.
- Rose care is attention consuming. You have to pay attention to the needs of your roses in a natural way.
- Chemical fertilizers, fungicides, and weed killers actually attract organisms to attack your roses, while damaging the natural soil biosystem. Chemical fertilizers can be replaced by using compost and manure.
Organic rose gardening can be accomplished with patience and creativity. While organic supporters may disagree with those who use chemicals, and those who use chemical fertilizers may never go organic, in the end, each gardener has to choose the best fertilizer, weed killer, and method for themselves. For those who choose to go the organic route, there are online and real life stores that sell organic plant foods, and other organic gardening supplies. It can be a very earth friendly way to garden.
Organic gardening, like all gardening, must be done year round. Fall gardening includes the planting of bulbs and the cutting of cuttings, if one is trying to propagate their roses. Compost and manure must be spread as mulch in November. When the weather gets cold, itís time for winter gardening when many gardeners cover their plants with plastic to help them stay warm. In the spring, organic gardeners must be vigilant against any sign of disease or imbalance, as without fungicides, it can be very difficult to get rid of a large disease outbreak. Compost must be turned over and applied to the ground, as well as manure and any other supplements. Spring gardening is also the time for any new plantings, so everyone is busy.
Taking care of roses is always a lot of work, doing it organically can be extra work. There is no real difference to the work an organic gardener has to do to the work a gardener who is using chemical fertilizer does, although sometimes there is more of it.